George Bah, a retired accountant and U.S. Navy veteran, pensively looked at the photographs and newspapers from World War II. He said he has many pictures from his service on the Vietnam Delta, but would be reluctant to share them in an exhibit like the historical society’s. Nearly 50 years after they were snapped, the photos still evoke strong emotions because many of the subjects died serving their country. He copes with the lingering emotions by volunteering with the Veterans Service Commission in Ashtabula.
Stanley Mericka served in Korea from 1951 to 1953, but is more interested in talking about the service of his grandson, Steven Hall, a second lieutenant who served in Iraq. Mericka loaned to the exhibit an American flag that flew in Iraq as well as photos and a ball cap signed by high-ranking military officials.
Waters said this year’s exhibit also includes photos of Nagasaki taken just two weeks after the atomic bomb fell on it. Numerous local newspapers that reported war news also are displayed. The headlines tell of both joyous homecomings and the news no parent of a serviceman wants to receive.
The exhibit will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at the historical society, which is adjacent to Henderson Memorial Library on East Jefferson Street. Today is the last day for the exhibit, which is free.