2018 will be the first Watchfires without it’s founder, Jerry Donnellan. As a tribute to my father, I have attached a narration of an essay Jerry wrote for Purple Heart Magazine in 2016. It’s entitled “Just Another Day at The Office.” It’s a vivid account in Jerry’s own words about being hit with a grenade that took his right leg in 1969 and the events that followed. Jerry, Peg Leg, Donnellan began the Watchfires in 1987 as a tribute to those who never made it home. However, it also served as a beacon to those who survived like him…because he knew all too well there’s a part of every combat veteran that never makes it home.
Thank you for listening and your support of PegLeg22 and the Veterans.
As is tradition, May 29th 11:30 pm lit at midnight and burns the 30th of May all day.
Memorial Day watch fires sponsored by the Vietnam Vets are held annually throughout Rockland County to remember soldiers who didn't return from war.
The watch fires will be lit at midnight May 29 and burn for 24 hours at four locations:
• Bowline Point Park in Haverstraw
• Eugene Levy Memorial Park on Route 45 in Pomona
• The top of Clausland Mountain in Orangeburg
• The east end of the Piermont Pier.
Jerry Donnellan, a combat wounded Vietnam Veteran, spent his life working on behalf of Veterans from WW1 to today.
Jerry always wanted to do more and we will continue these efforts. His nephew Cole will continue. https://www.gofundme.com/pegleg-22
22 Veterans take their own lives every day. Lets stop this. Lets be proud of our heros and let them know that we care.
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