COATESVILLE, PA — Seventy-five Veterans of Freedom Village at Brandywine were honored Sunday, September 25, 2022, at the Washington Memorial Chapel in Valley Forge, by having “Veterans of Freedom Village Brandywine” commemorated on plaque 26 and added to the Veterans Wall of Honor.
The Washington Memorial Chapel houses the National Patriots Tower and overlooks the fields where General George Washington trained his Revolutionary War Army. The names of more than 1,000 Veterans are cast in bronze on the Tower’s Wall of Honor – these names include those who have served from the Revolutionary War to the present. The Reverend Tommy A. Thompson, rector of The Washington Memorial Chapel, officiated at a special service of dedication for the most recent Wall of Honor Veterans.
Representing the 75 Veterans of Freedom Village was Army Veteran Edward Ferrari and Retired Army Colonel W. Ray Walsh and their wives.
“It was an honor to see Veterans of Freedom Village commemorated in this sacred place, and to be there representing all of the Veterans who live at Freedom Village, who I am fortunate enough to call my neighbors,” said Ferrari.
“It was thrilling to be in this place where General Washington once trained his army and to have Freedom Village Veterans added alongside so many other Veterans who put country above self,” said Walsh. “I know it was special to me and to my friends and neighbors at Freedom Village.”
“It was a true gift to see these Veterans that live at Freedom Village honored in this significant way,” said Matteo Wanner, Marketing Coordinator of Freedom Village at Brandywine. “They are such an important and venerated part of our community. We are all thrilled that they were recognized for their dedication and service to our country.”