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StoneRidge Vets Marked Veterans Day with Public Event

In commemoration of Veterans' Dat, the StoneRidge Military Veterans Association will hosted their annual Veterans’ Day event to honor veterans and recognize their service to our country.  The group is comprised over 75 military veterans living at both the Poplar Run and Towne Centre retirement communities in Myerstown. 


The featured speaker this year was, Berks County historian, and Air Force veteran Barry L. Kauffman who presented “The Four Heroines of World War I” based on his book of the same title.  It tells the fascinating story of four local women who served courageously during WWI.  Three of them, graduates of the Reading Hospital School of Nursing, served as nurses and the other as a volunteer. 


While all three have amazing stories and local connections, nurse Marie Hidell received the high honor of being posthumously awarded the Navy Cross, the nation’s second-highest decoration awarded for valor in combat.  Kauffman drew attention to Hidell’s story after learning that this heroic woman, one of only three women to be awarded the Navy Cross, was buried in an unmarked grave the Woodlands Cemetery in Philadelphia.  Bringing attention to her story became a personal crusade for him, and Hidell’s family gave Marie’s Navy Cross to him.  He later presented it to the Alumni Association of the Reading Hospital School of Nursing for safekeeping.

 

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