Stories and images experienced by Warwick Veterans took center stage at the Old School Baptist Meeting House on Fri., Nov. 11.
Lisa Ann Weisbrod, Executive Director of the Warwick Historical Society, assisted by her daughter, Bridget, opened the program by presenting each veteran present with a greeting card written by local children, courtesy of the Warwick, NY Parents Facebook Group.
A short video, prepared by local artist Bob Fletcher, showcased paintings dedicated to military families affected by the many conflicts and wars. His painting of the Steward family, shows three generations of the Stewards who proudly served their Country and can be found in Washington, D.C. Fletcher, a member of the VFW and the Nicholas P. Lesando American Post 214, served close to the eastern sector of Berlin in 1953-1954 and wasn’t aware of the mission of his unit, which was to slow down a possible Russian advance.
Dan Burger, the Commander of VFW Post 4662, an officer who served at the tail end of the Cold War, shared a story about VFW member Charlie, a 93-year-old who was part of the same unit as Audie Murphy. Charlie participated in Audie Murphy’s honor guard and was present at most of the major conflicts in Italy including the Battle of Anzio, where 35,000 Americans were killed. While stationed on a ship, he actually saw Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who cheered on the American troops.
To read the full story, written by Lon Tytell, pick up a copy of the Nov. 16 issue of the Warwick Valley Dispatch which is available on newsstands at the following locations: Florida – Quick Chek, Kwik Mart, Florida Bakery & Deli, Michael’s Wall of Discounts; Greenwood Lake – Kwik Mart, Cumberland Farms; and Warwick – Edenville Deli, CJ’s Country Market, Quaker Creek Store, Akin’s Pharmacy, Henry’s Deli, Kwik Mart, Larry’s Deli, Price Chopper, ShopRite, and Sunoco.
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