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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Anne Beers: ‘I Was Blown Away’

By Dave Matlow

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Anne Beers with Lt. Gen. Mark S. Bowman. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Westport Word War II veteran Anne Beers, just back from Washington, D.C. where she helped place a wreath at the Freedom Wall at the National World War II Memorial, said today of the experience: “I was blown away.”

Missing her first Westport Memorial Day parade since moving here in 1973, Beers said Lt. Gen. Mark S. Bowman, the ceremony’s keynote speaker, accompanied her in performing the honor.

She said she was the only woman who participated as eight or nine wreaths were put into place in the Monday morning event.

“Every kid in the United States should go there (Washington) and see everything we fought for,” said Beers, 88.

Assigned to the U.S. Navy Hospital Corps and stationed at the Portsmouth, Va. Naval Hospital from from 1944-46, Beers worked as a pharmacist’s mate 3rd class.

Beers was recommended for the ceremony by lifelong friend Ted Mauger, 89, a World War II Army veteran, who had also been asked to participate.

She said many in her family accompanied her to Washington, including her children Danny, a Trumbull resident, Janet of Westport, Natalie of Dallas, and six of her eight grandchildren.

The memorial dedicated to Americans who served in the armed forces and as civilians during World War II is located on the National Mall between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.

The Freedom Wall has 4,048 gold stars, each representing 100 Americans who died in the war. In front of the wall lies the message “Here we mark the price of freedom.”


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