All veterans, but particularly one of Laguna's own, were honored July 21 at a fundraiser hosted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5868 at the Laguna Beach Woman's Club.
About 75 people attended the tribute for vets and, specifically, Harry James Lawrence — yes, there are two Harry Lawrences in town, hence the middle name. Among the guests: family, friends, admirers and members of the post, its auxiliary and of American Legion Post 222.
"Harry was in the hospital for two weeks before the event, and it took a tremendous effort on his part to attend," said his wife, Zahide. "I was so grateful he was able to be there."
Lawrence was honored as one of the great heroes and citizens of Laguna by post Senior Vice Cmdr. Arnie Silverman, who organized the tribute.
Silverman, who served as master of ceremonies, referred often to the text he had written for the program, which was distributed to everyone who attended.