Norfolk to be Site of World War II Canteen

During World War II, soldiers traveling across the country were often treated to coffee, doughnuts, pie and other goodies at canteens set up in local train depots.

On Sunday, veterans and their supporters will be able to experience that atmosphere as well as some good food when the American Legion Post 16 recreates the World War II canteen. A variety of food items will be served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Post 16 is located at 1305 Riverside Blvd. 

The canteen will close in time for participants to travel to the Johnny Carson Theatre for the event honoring World War II veterans, said Brian Masters, who is a member of the Elkhorn Valley Historical Society board of directors.

At 2 p.m., the historical society and the committee raising money to build the “Heroes Park” park behind the Norfolk Veterans Home will present “The Greatest Generation Remembers: A Tribute to World War II Veterans.”

The theatre is located at 801 Riverside Blvd. 

In addition, World War II buffs can learn more about the conflict and the people who served by visiting the Elkhorn Valley Museum and Research Center in Norfolk.

The exhibit, titled “The Greatest Generation Remembered” includes a collection of military uniforms, posters and other World War II memorabilia. The museum, located at 515 Queen City Blvd., in Norfolk, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

There is an admission charge. However, World War II veterans will be admitted at no charge, said Ruth Galitz, the museum’s director.