To the Editor:
The number of surviving World War II veterans is dwindling daily, with living group survival ages advancing to over 90 years of age.
I had the privilege of successfully nominating Derby native Pfc. Frank P. Witek for being honored by the dedication of Pfc. Frank P. Memorial Park in his honor.
Witek was a posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor recipient for World War II bravery on the battlefield, which resulted in giving up his life for his country,
My brother Chester also served in the Pacific war zone like Witek, and died from related WWII war disability sickness at age 68.
However, living World War II veterans such as Frank Witek’s cousin, Leonard (Lindy) Witek, former grand marshal of the Derby-Shelton Memorial Day Parade, are still alive and deserve recognition for their service to our country as “our living war veteran heroes” while we still have them with us to be honored.