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June 19, 2007 > Honoring Washington Township World War II veterans

Honoring Washington Township World War II veterans

A busy Thursday afternoon (June 14) at Washington West was briefly put on hold last week to commemorate those who have served and continue to serve the country in the armed forces. Flag Day ceremonies at Washington Hospital included the unveiling of a World War II memorial mirroring the purpose of The National Memorial, dedicated in 2004, honoring the spirit, sacrifice and commitment of Americans.

Chief Executive Officer, Nancy Farber said, "It is fitting and proper that our community present it's own memorial, however modest, recognizing the service of our citizens in World War II, and commemorating those who gave their lives on our behalf." Initiated as a request from Ray Bettencourt and Howard Cavil, the idea was welcomed by the hospital which has lined the walls of Washington West with historical drawings, photographs and writings depicting the Washington Township, predecessor of the Tri-Cities of Fremont, Newark and Union City.

Ms. Farber noted that Ray Bettencourt Vondell Mings , Russell Martin and Howard Cavil were especially helpful in creating the list of names of Veterans who identified their home town as one of the many towns that comprised Washington Township. Catherine Bartling of Washington Hospital, who helped develop the memorial, was asked to assist in the unveiling.

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