Memorial Day is a day for remembrance to honor the brave American soldiers who have given their lives for our freedom. I was honored to be a part of a special Memorial Day ceremony this year in presenting the Purple Heart and the Prisoner of War Medals to the family of Robert Gordon Warndahl, who received the awards posthumously at a ceremony at VFW United Post 6856 in Milltown.
Robert Warndahl was a courageous soldier who fought valiantly in World War II, serving as a combat medic in the European Theater of the war in France and Germany. Like so many of his fellow soldiers, Robert served out of a love of his country and because it was the right thing to do. He was wounded in action and was held captive as a prisoner of war by the German army. Robert received several prestigious military awards for his service during his lifetime, including two Bronze Stars and the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon. The long overdue awarding of the Purple Heart and Prisoner of War Medals to Robert’s family is important as we never forget the sacrifices that have been made by those serving and their families.
I was honored to be part of this tribute to Robert Warndahl and in recognizing the sacrifices of the brave men and women in our armed forces who have fought and died for our country. While we dedicate Memorial Day to our fallen soldiers, let us remember throughout the year all those who continue to fight for our liberties and freedom.