Victoria's Kilgore Rangerette performs in Pearl Harbor ceremony


Dec. 7, 2011 at 6:07 a.m.
Updated Dec. 8, 2011 at 6:08 a.m.

   TAMI HURLEY for The Victoria Advocate

While Milton Chapman spent Wednesday discussing Victoria's future and plans for the Victoria Chamber of Commerce, his daughter, Lauren Chapman, prepared for her own presentation, thousands of miles away.

The 20-year-old Kilgore College Rangerette - along with her mother, sister and teammates - visited Honolulu to perform in a ceremony honoring the 70th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack.

The event, which took place onboard the USS Missouri, included bands from across the country, said Lauren Chapman's mother, Tami Hurley. The Rangerettes were the only dance team there.

Honolulu was brimming with activities all day, Hurley said, from morning memorial services at the time of the attacks to special tours for the survivors and more.

One Ronald Reagan quote, read during the presentation her daughter performed in, particularly stood out: "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction."

Although she said the experience had an impact on her, she said she suspected the same was true for those high school and college students performing.

"This has to make an impact for them," she said. "It was all so moving."

Although Dad - a self-proclaimed World War II buff - was miles away in Victoria, he said he was proud of his daughter's performance.

"It's very special what the veterans did," he said. "It's very special to my heart. I'm glad that she was able to be a part of that, to pay tribute."

Catherine Chapman, an eighth-grader at Trinity Episcopal School, accompanied her Mom and sister to Hawaii, too. She said the things she saw, such as actual Pearl Harbor survivors, brought the stories from her history books to life.

"It was very life-changing, actually, because you're really there," she said. "Just being here is amazing."

There was one more benefit to being in Honolulu.

"It's a whole lot warmer than it is at home right now," the 14-year-old said.



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