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WACS students visit DC, pay tribute to Korean War vet

Fallen, but not forgotten

Submitted Photo Westfield eighth-graders recently saluted Dunkirk hero Sgt. Gerald Raeymacker during a trip to Washington, D.C.

Each year, Westfield Academy and Central School eighth-graders participate in a three-day trip to Gettysburg, Pa. and Washington, D.C. This year, these students had the opportunity to honor and pay tribute to Dunkirk’s fallen hero, Sgt. Gerald Raeymacker, while in Washington.

The eighth-graders heard of Sgt. Raeymacker’s story at the Korean War Memorial. Westfield teacher Chip Quadri read the OBSERVER’s article on Raeymacker from Oct. 3. The students heard details regarding the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, where Raeymacker lost his life.

Having contacted Raeymacker family member Traci Thompson, WACS students also learned about the family and their sacrifice. Quadri read the following quote from the memorial to the students: “Our nation honors her sons and daughters who answered the call to defend a country they never knew and a people they never met.”

Sgt. Raeymacker’s remains will return home today. A service with full military honors is set for Saturday.

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