Hugo, CO - Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today applauded the dedication of a piece of the wall of the USS Arizona, which sunk in Pearl Harbor, on behalf of Lincoln County resident Joe Will who was killed in the tragic attack. Lincoln County Commissioner Greg King reached out to Bennet's office at a town hall meeting in 2014 asking for help in securing the relic. Bennet's office worked with the Department of the Navy for more than 9 months to bring a piece of the ship to Colorado, which was recognized in a dedication ceremony Monday afternoon in Hugo.
"Joe Will is a hometown hero, who bravely sacrificed his life in one of the most horrific attacks on U.S. soil in our history," Bennet said. "Commissioner King and the local community did excellent work to bring a piece of this ship back to Hugo where it will serve as a memorial to Joe Will and his family. Today, on the 74th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor we also remember the service of Joe Will and all of the brave Coloradoans who have served."
Bennet's office was notified in the spring of this year that the relic would be making its way from Hawaii to Hugo. The ceremony took place at the local VFW named in Will's honor.
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