BREWER, Maine (NEWS CENTER) – The attack on Pearl Harbor took place 75 years ago. The Veterans for Veterans program held a special appreciation dinner on Saturday to honor those who fought in World War II.

“One percent of World War II veterans are still with us in the population and we wanted to take an opportunity to express to them how meaningful their presence is to us while we have the opportunity,” said one of the organizers, Matthew Adams.

He said he was the “beauty” behind the operation, his fellow vet Thomas Demers, was the “brains.”

“It’s such an important fact to remember them before they’re gone,” said Demers. “Take the time to thank them because they truly are the best generation.”

The dinner which took place at Jeff’s Catering and Event Center lasted from 11:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

World War II veterans, their spouses, and widows ate free.

Monetary and non-monetary donations were greatly appreciated, especially a cake from Frank’s Bakery which helped make the dinner and even more special, said Demers.

Nearly 200 people showed up to the event and those who were veterans all signed a shirt which will be displayed at the Cole transportation Museum starting on Sunday.