As a youngster, I remember the patriotic parade that passed by our house on Memorial Day. In our yard: an American flag flying high on the pole and a beautiful bed of red tulips surrounding it. I would stand in awe, watching the men and women of all ages march by in their uniforms, representing all branches of the armed forces. I’d get goose bumps, realizing that many of them marching were remembering fallen comrades. I couldn’t help but think what each of them were willing to do for our country, and the resulting freedoms we have.
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz and Commissioner of Personnel Timothy Hogues presented Stephan Lewy with the 2019 “Erie County Senior of the Year” award on Monday, May 20, 2019 at the Brothers of Mercy Wellness Campus. An author, lecturer, and presenter for the Erie County Department of Senior Services’ University Express program, Mr. Lewy is a Holocaust survivor and U.S. Army veteran. Now retired at 93, he volunteers with the local Holocaust Resource Center and shares his personal story with schoolchildren around Erie County; his presentations highlight the consequences of hatred.