The Miracle of Easter - March 30, 1970
|South Jersey Times * June 6, 2014|
D-Day survivor among 49 veterans
By Michelle Caffrey
EEdward DeHart was one of the lucky ones. When his Army company landed on Omaha Beach 70 years ago today, the horrors of battle surrounded him. He was one of only a handful of men from his company to survive the D-Day invasion, but was soon taken captive as a prisoner of war, and remained in captivity for the next year.
"I wouldn't wish anybody to go
through it," DeHart said Thursday
As DeHart sat with his three sons, Jeff, Rich and Ed, after the ceremony — in which officials presented each veteran with a medal and proclamation — they talked about the brutality of war, and the need to make sure the Greatest Generation's sacrifices, especially on the beaches of Normandy, aren't forgotten.
"Imagine what it'd be like, what
these guys went through," said Ed
That's what drew Freeholder
Heather Simmons' attention as she
"A hero is a guy in a cape," to
those children, Simmons said. Or the man who scores a winning goal, runs for a touchdown, when really
"Every single person who served their country made that sacrifice," said Simmons. "You are the real heroes."
Deputy Freeholder Director Joe
Chila pointed out it might be the
"These were earned by you," said Chila.
Chila, Washington Township Mayor Barbara Wallace, Director of
"I know a lot of the veterans were
very excited [about the ceremony]," said Karen Dixon, director of marketing for Cardinal
Village. She said the staff there started working on getting residents' paperwork together to
Watching it come together, and the
joy on the veterans' faces as they
She also accepted a medal on
behalf of resident James Brown, a
"It was touching," said Wiest, adding the constant humility she hears from veterans about their service made Thursday night's ceremony that much more important to pull together.
"They're very humble," Wiest said.
"It makes it even nicer to thank
|Camden Courier-Post * July 14, 2014|
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