Risden works to keep memories alive

Russell Risden

Russell Risden

How fortunate for our Waretown branch to have had this program on Armed Forces Day.   Russell Risden, a young, local historian presented a well-researched program on local veterans from previous wars.  His interest started seven years ago in, of all places, a bingo hall where he happened to be seated next to a WWII veteran.  His friendship gradually grew, as did his knowledge of what it meant to so many veterans to have served our country.  Russell has gathered personal stories about these men and women and has retrieved some of their cast-off service items that were bound for moldy closets and incinerators.  Although his friend from the bingo hall is no longer alive, Russell pursues keeping the memory of our past veterans alive.

People who attended the program had an opportunity to examine the war memoribilia from Russell Risden's collection.

People who attended the program had an opportunity to examine the war memoribilia from Russell Risden’s collection.

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