As we celebrate the centennial of the end of World War I, it provides an important opportunity to honor Wilton veterans. Veterans are prepared to give up their lives for our country. They are ready to risk their lives at any second to protect the freedom of the United States. There are many who have died over the years that are Wilton veterans. James B. Whipple and Charles R. Fredrickson are the two Wilton veterans who died in World War I. By taking time to remember these two heroes from the past, we make sure that their sacrifices that have enabled Americans to enjoy our freedom today are never forgotten.
One way to honor these two veterans, and all veterans, is to learn about them and their lives. This helps their stories come to life, and we have a better appreciation for what they sacrificed. For instance, I learned that James B. Whipple was the first Wilton resident to die in World War I. He was born in 1893 and had three brothers and one sister. He was a machinist in Detroit before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps. While Whipple was in the Marines, he was assigned to a division in the Army. In addition, a second Wilton resident named Charles R. Fredrickson died in World War I. He was ranked private and died of wounds from the war. As I learned about these men, I thought about how their families had made a sacrifice as well. They are also heroes to me.