'A tribute to those who served' in Sheffield
SHEFFIELD — Sandy Webber stood in Barnard Park, looking for her great-uncle's name pinned on one of the two "Walls of Honor" paying tribute to area veterans who fought for their country for the past century.
The great-uncle, Albert Mintz, was an Army medic, sergeant first class, killed in action on Nov. 27, 1950 during the Korean War. The Sheffield native's body was never found, but his remains could be among those in the 55 boxes North Korea turned over to the United States in August. The Pentagon has the painstaking task of trying to identify the remains of those soldiers who died in The Forgotten War.
"We are hoping and praying his remains were recovered. We all [in our family] gave our DNA," Webber said.
Webber joined dozens of other friends, relatives and community members on Sunday morning, to help officially open the "Park of Honor," sponsored by the Sheffield Historical Society. The patriotic exhibit will be displayed through the end of the month.
Society volunteers staked 50 American flags in several arched rows fronted by the five flags representing the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard, the POW-MIA flag and 50th anniversary of Vietnam War flag. Pinned on the two 4-by-8 foot black walls were a total of 224 laminated cards of veterans of World War I to present day.
Historical Society volunteers provided breakfast, including English muffin sandwiches to the dozens of people who stopped by Barnard Park to honor those who have defended America the last 100 years.
"It's been really nice to see the steady stream of people," said society president Tony Carlotta, during a break from grilling breakfast sandwiches.
New to town as a full-time resident, Sig Spiegel was moved by the "Park of Honor."
"A nice tribute to those who served. I'm here to show my support," said the New Jersey transplant.
Grace French Campbell came to honor her uncle William Wallace, an engineer in the US Merchant Marine for 30 years. Wallace survived the sinking of a marine tanker in the Atlantic Ocean during World War II.
"He would live to be 96; he was very happy. He broke the family record [for longevity]," she said.
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