Recognition of Veterans on the Village Green

by Kristi Higgins
The Social Butterfly

The Kiwanis Club of Chester and the Village News sponsored and hosted the 12th Annual Fort Lee Army Concert on the Chester Village Green. Over 500 people attended to listen to Big Band, popular, country and patriotic music. The band played an Armed Service Medley to honor each branch of the armed forces. Veterans were asked to stand during their service song.

Families enjoyed the free lemonade while eating their picnic dinners. It was terrific seeing the community having fun together! Friends and third-year attendees, Elsie Martin and Carolyn Ayres, confessed to me that they were scolded last year for talking during the concert. They said they promised to behave this year.

I spied a couple, Pat and Jackie McAlister, on a balcony next door ready to enjoy the concert. Mr. McAlister fought in World War II and the Korean War. He was captured in Germany at the Battle of the Bulge where he was a POW for four months. I had to say it, “There are many of us still fighting the battle of the buldge.” They chuckled. Pat was proudly, sporting a cap that read, “POW-MIA YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN.”




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