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Remember The Veterans: This WWII Vet Remembers His Buddies

A World War II veteran comes to The Heights with his wife most mornings. Thursday morning he wore his U.S. Army cap.

I share a table many mornings with a gentleman in the lobby of .

Our paths cross when I'm finished working out and I sit down to wait for my wife to appear, and he sits down to wait for his wife while she walks in the pool.

He's quiet but affable, and has a smile that invites conversation.

His name is Charles Stefani, and he's first-generation in the United States – Italian of course. He's the youngest of eight siblings, and is the only one of them that survives.

Thursday morning he wore a U.S. Army cap lined on one side with medals. He said he wears it for his buddies who no longer can.

When I asked, he said he served in France, Germany and Austria in World War II. He finished up in Vienna. He said he's never been back.

My wife showed up, and I thanked him for his service.

Thank you, all United States veterans, and all who serve.

Anthony Harper May 25, 2012 at 01:38 PM
God bless our WWII Veterans - greatest generation ever! They are the template for what America represents. Thank you all WWII veterans - no words can capture the gratitude I have for all of you. God bless Mr. Stefani. God bless our veterans and God bless America!!!
Irene Babcook November 07, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Please view this you tube video You Silent Ones Who Rest In Peace dedicated to our great ww2 vets type hanmarbab you tube channel cookbab thanks

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