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Memorial Day Ridgefield reflects on sacrifice

Stephen CoulterMay 27, 2019

Some soldiers don’t come home from the battlefields.

It was a notion that several speakers touched upon at the conclusion of Ridgefield’s annual Memorial Day parade.

“My brother told my sister, ‘I don’t think I’ll be coming back,’ when he left for Italy,” said World War II veteran Wally Goodman, the parade’s grand marshal.

He said his brother was a bombardier and at the time there was “such a high rate” of being killed in action.

“He went up on his third mission and his plane was never found,” Goodman said. “ ... I’ve always thought it was at the bottom of the Adriatic Sea and that’s why I wear this gold model plane button on my hat. There’s a lot of pilots and bombers who never made it home.”

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