Westport WWII vet 'proud' to lay wreath at DC memorial
World War II veteran Anne Beers had the honor of laying a wreath at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Memorial Day.
Beers, 88, who served as a pharmacist's mate during the war and was based at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Va., laid the wreath in front of the monument dedicated to those who served in the Navy during Monday ceremonies.
"I thought it was marvelous and I was so proud to be honored," Beers said Tuesday.
Beers, who has lived in Westport four decades and is a retired real estate agent, said she was excited to participate in the ceremony. A high school friend, Ted Mauger, was asked to lay a wreath at the Air Force monument, and Mauger would only participate if Beers came along as well, she said.
Beers joked that she didn't have much competition for the honor.
"There aren't many of us alive from World War II, that's part of it," she said of being selected. "The fact that I could fit in my uniform was also part of it."
Beers graduated from Tufts University with a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1946. She and her late husband later lived in Marblehead, Mass.; Dallas, Texas, and Tulsa, Okla., before settling in Westport.
It was in Dallas that she first became involved in real estate.
"The guy we bought our house from in Texas said, `You're a natural, come work for me,' " Beers said.
Beers is the mother of three children, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild, many of whom joined her in Washington.
"We were all very proud of her," said her son, Danny Beers, of Trumbull.
On Sunday night, Beers attended a pre-Memorial Day concert at the Capitol. When she was told that she would be seated in the same row as the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Beers said she had to do some research.
"So now I have to go on the computer and see who the heck the joint chiefs of staff are," Beers said.