St. Raphael Youth Group learns from and helps WWII vet

A Bay veteran tells the St. Raphael Youth Group how it was in WWII.

Between Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day, the St. Raphael Youth Group helped a widowed World War II and Korean War veteran. His Bay Village lawns, trees and hedges needed a lot of hard work.

The teenagers voluntarily cut the three-foot-high grass, raked it into piles and bagged it. Others trimmed hedges with hand and power tools; others hauled fallen limbs to the street and then cut down many "volunteer" trees around the property.

The best part of it all was the chance for the youth to hear firsthand the stories of a 90-year-old who experienced the battles for freedom; the vet also had the chance to hear a few of the youths' stories and to "supervise" how he used to do that work.

The St. Raphael Respite Care group coordinator, George Ryan, and youth group coordinator, Amy Lashutka, said “America will be in great hands as youth like these volunteers assume leadership in all walks of life.”

George Ryan

A resident of Bay Village since 1975; retired from paid work but active in community affairs.

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Volume 4, Issue 11, Posted 10:07 AM, 05.30.2012