The Mercer County (N.J.) Italian American Festival Association marked a milestone recently with the unveiling of a statue depicting a World War II soldier coming to the aid of a fallen brother-in-arms.
The statue was sculpted by Jerald Christofaro in the 1940s, restored by the festival association and unveiled following a festival Mass dedicated to World War II veterans.
The Mercer County Italian American Festival, named one of New Jersey’s top fall festivals by CBS New York, was celebrated Sept. 23-24-25 in Mercer County Park, West Windsor, N.J.
These Mercer County Italian American World War II soldiers were honored at the event: Anthony Capriotti, Frank Cuili, Ray E. Dooling, Quinton C. Erkoboni, Patrick L. Galati, Walter P. Kramarz, Anthony W. Melchiondo, Frank J. Parese, James W. Smith, William E Smith, Frank J. Uvegas and George S. Vitoritt.
The statue was unveiled at the festival, and a permanent location for its display will be chosen.