Memorial Day 2019
A new window display at the Springfield Township Library has its main focus on Memorial Day.
The window was created by the Springfield American Legion Post 227, specifically Art Sweisfurth, Susie and Maureen McHugh, Bill Lewis - American Legion Post Historian, and Bill Smeck - American Legion Post Vice Commander.
The display honors and remembers the names all the Springfield residents who paid the ultimate price in service to our country in World War 2, Korea, Vietnam and Iraq.
One of those individuals and, who is a central part of the display, is Captain William G. Chandler. He was remembered this Memorial Day in a parade and Services by the Springfield community.
At age 24 on August 11, 1972, Captain Chandler, Springfield High School class of 1965, lost his life while serving with Military Advisor Command Vietnam (MACV) Team 88.
He is survived by his wife Bonnie Chandler-Warren, daughters Samantha and Abigail Chandler, sisters Cherie Wilks and Holly Cook, and brother Chris.
The display also honors family members of those lost through a recognition of Gold Star families. Susie McHugh and Maureen McHugh, Gold Star family members themselves, are sisters of Marine PFC Timothy McHugh who was killed in Vietnam in 1968, have been very active in their support of Gold Star families and were instrumental in contributing to the display. Included is a book of memories about a young teenager and his family experiences with five brothers who were in the military during World War 2, Five Stars in the Window by David Komarnicki.
An interesting part of the display is the identification of all 26 military cemeteries on foreign soil. An actual photo and brief description of each cemetery from the unique Lafayette Escadrille American World War 1 Pilots cemetery in France, to the Mexico City cemetery for those lost in the Mexican American War in 1846, to Cemeteries in the Pacific, North Africa, and Europe.