From the Messenger archives

Louise Gauani submitted the following item for publication after researching her family history and finding an editorial that her uncle, Benjamin R. Webber, had submitted to the Baldwinsville Messenger in the 1940s regarding Memorial Day. A patient at St. Albans Hospital in Long Island, Webber was paralyzed after being injured at Iwo Jima during WW II. He was one of 15 children that grew up in Baldwinsville as well as one of five siblings to serve in the military in WW II. The editorial was published in the June 17, 1948 edition of the Baldwinsville Messenger. Webber died in 1973 at the age of 51.

Webber, hospitalized vet, pens editorial

Ben R. Webber, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Webber of this village, a patient at the US Naval Hospital at St. Albans, LI, recently contributed a Memorial Day editorial, which was published in the St. Albans newspaper. The hospitalized veteran has also written frequent “bedtime stories” for the hospital’s mimeographed paper, the “Crow’s Nest.” His Memorial Day editorial follows:

Memorial Day

(A patient at St. Albans Naval Hospital)

Once again Memorial Day has come and throughout this favored land regiments and companies will be counting off once more. But it will be in a different kind of way, as thousands of ex-servicemen and women, civilians, and those now wearing the uniforms of Uncle Sam, with a multitude of fashional organizations keep time with the tempo of bands as they parade down the highways and byways of cities, towns and hamlets.

School bands will be out in full dress with big brass drums and pretty, pert majorettes strutting to the tunes of the marches with the charm and grace of peacocks.

Then will come the remnants of others wars past, greying now with the sands of time but those memories of war’s destruction still fresh in their eyes.

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