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Oldest Pearl Harbor veteran remembered at patriotic funeral
1/10/2019

NEWSDAY --- Last month, Poway, California, said goodbye in grand and patriotic fashion to its most famous citizen, Ray Chavez, who until his death Nov. 21 at age 106, was the nation's oldest surviving Pearl Harbor veteran. After a 90-minute funeral Mass on Dec. 13 at St. Michael's Catholic Church on Pomerado Road, the funeral cortège led by dozens of motorcycles rolled slowly underneath an enormous American flag hanging from a Poway Fire ladder truck and past hundreds of Poway schoolchildren waving miniature flags.

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Oldest Pearl Harbor veteran remembered at patriotic funeral