BOARDMAN Ohio (WKBN) – Many people think it is important to remember and honor the history of this country through the eyes of veterans before their stories are lost forever.
“A Navy lieutenant in the the Naval Historical Department said ‘Ed, get your memoirs written because when you die, you lose all the history. It is gone forever,” Ed Schenk of Struthers said.
He took the advice and wrote down his experience in the Navy from 1961 to 1964.
“It was a four-year project. When I had time. The more I hit on my brain, the more stories popped out,” Schenk said. “The primary motivation was to put it in my family archives for my family, my children and grandchildren.”
Schenk encourages others to preserve their memories of time served in the military.
“Pick up a scratch pad, a legal pad, get a pencil and start writing,” he said.
Evelyn Wright of Boardman said she is proud to read about when she served in the Coast Guard from 1943 to 1945.
“There was a girl that was in the service with me from out in California. She wrote a book and I have that,” Wright said.
For many veterans and those currently serving, Veterans Day is something that is a family tradition and they are proud to share this day with them.
Wright’s brother, Larry Grimm, was in the Army during the Korean War.
“I could almost cry. It is wonderful to think that they are still here with me,” Wright said.
Hilda Torres of Campbell served in the Air Force from 1967 to 1971.
“It is a special day for me, my son and the community,” Torres said.
Her son is in the Navy and has served for the past 16 years.
“He was overseas and he returned yesterday,” Torres said.
John Ergos of Struthers served four years in the Navy.
“I was in Vietnam. Three tours,” Ergos said.
And his brother was in the Army too.
“I am proud of everybody else that served,” Ergos said.