HOLYOKE – they were soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines who fought for their country and returned from abroad to build a rich civilian life
The Holyoke Soldiers Home Alliance has published a virtual tribute to the dozens of veterans who died after contracting the Coronavirus during the pandemic (relatives who wish to include their loved ones in the honor can visit the coalition’s website, Holyokesoldiershomecoalition deer)
The photo – broadcast live before Veterans Day November 11 – also honors five others who died of other causes while in a state-run Veterans Care facility, and one resident still resides there.
The coalition has been a grassroots network of veterans advocates, family members, and other supporters of the Soldiers’ Home since the outbreak this spring destroyed patients and staff.
At least 76 veterans died of the virus while in the care of the Holyoke Soldiers’ home and many fell ill
“Our coalition hopes that the public will take time on this Veterans Day to remember all these veterans – all of them were sons and daughters of Commonwealth countries who left home at a young age to serve our great nation. For those who have died during this pandemic, we ask you not to just think about They passed away, and they remembered their glory and their soul, « according to a declaration issued by the coalition.
Veterans who appeared in the honor who fought during WWII and the Korean War and in the jungles of Vietnam some of them were radio operators, space engineers, and specialists
One of the late veterans, Emilio « Leo » Dybalma of Springfield, was a WWII sergeant in the Army and served as sergeant in the guard during the Nuremberg Trials whose portrait was immortalized with a wax statue at the Holocaust Museum in Virginia
“Leo was a kind and humble family man whose first priority was taking care of his wife and four daughters,” as stated in the Dybalma post
Men who lost their lives to the virus have become teachers, carpenters, law enforcement members, civil servants, and others married and had children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Some of the honors touch upon the hobbies of late veterans, their sense of humor and endearing quirks
Robert Labinski, 75, from Montague, was a passionate train fan. Samuel Lukoco, 96, from Northampton, called him “Poppy,” by his eight grandchildren, and liked to “play silly and fictitious games with them.” James Mandeville, 83, Harassing his daughter by piling cards when they played cards
“He has always made me feel like the most important person in the world,” Mandeville’s daughter, Lori Mandeville Bewdett, wrote in her tribute
The Holyoke Soldiers’ Board of Trustees will hold its monthly meeting tonight On the agenda of the Public Debate Board, there are plans to erect a temporary and permanent memorial to the victims of COVID-19
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