Rapper Snoop Dogg showed support for five World War II veterans attending an LA Chargers game with The Best Defense Foundation over the weekend.
“Snoop Dogg showing some love to our veterans at the #Chargers game today! #takingcareoftheoneswhotookcareofus,” the Best Defense Foundation wrote on Facebook along with photos of the famous rapper and WWII vets.
According to The Best Defense Foundation Facebook page, the five veterans were honored on the field at halftime.
At the event, the vets announced The Best Defense Foundation’s plan to honor the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor by sending over 60 WWII veterans to Hawaii.
“We are at the LA #Chargers game today at #SofiStadium with 5 WWII veterans! They will be honored on the field at halftime where they will announce our upcoming #PearlHarbor program! #takingcareoftheoneswhotookcareofus.”
Donnie Edwards, founder of The Best Defense Foundation, told KUSI that he hopes the trip bring the veterans closure.
“As you know, this is the 80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, and if you’re around for 80 years of something, you’ve got to imagine the age of each of the veterans that [are] going. The oldest veteran that we have is 104 and the youngest is 95,” Edwards explained.
“So we have 65 World War II veterans and we’re giving them an opportunity, at no cost to them, we’re taking a charter flight on American Airlines, to head over there and spend six days on the island and go to the commemoration on the 7th and also visit many bases and visit the USS Arizona,” he continued.
“It’s going to be an amazing program, an amazing trip for so many of these veterans. We’re truly honored to give this opportunity to so many of them,” Edwards added.
Edwards said many of the veterans are going back to Hawaii for the first time.
“So many of our men and women that decided to defend this great country, it’s because of what happened on that day on that island 80 years ago. So, we wanted to make sure that we gave this opportunity to bring all of our veterans back to give them an opportunity for closure, comradery and brotherhood.”
Edwards said he started the foundation in honor of his grandfather who is a Pearl Harbor survivor himself. The late veteran was at the Schofield Barracks on Oahu when the Japanese executed the deadly surprise attack on Pearl Harbor.
“He taught me you can achieve anything in this country if you work hard. You’re not a victim. You’re a victor. You can achieve anything. You put your head down, you work hard, and this is the land of opportunity because of what we did,” Edwards said. “It’s all in his legacy, in his honor.”