Time just flies as it seems like yesterday I was in Vegas with the infamous Wild Bill Guarnere- the man that had more than 9 lives. I really thought he would outlive all of us.
I woke up to the sound of rain on Friday, April 21st, 2017. Dark, gloomy, and an absolutely depressing view from my bedroom window. Then, my daughter yelled, “There is a cardinal in the back yard”. I ran down the steps, with my phone in hand, to get a quick picture of the cardinal in my yard. When I looked out the door, the cardinal flew away. I stepped outside to tell the cardinal I wished the rain would stop long enough for our golfers to play their game. Things were not looking hopeful. Then, the cardinal came back, and I knew it would all be ok. Gramps was making sure the golfers would finish their game.
Friday, April 15th, 2016The sun was shining as we loaded up three cars; the sense of excitement was building. By 11:45, the golfers starting showing up. Mark Robinson, from O’Reilly Buick-GMC, pulled up in a white 2016 Casacata Convertible and parked it next to the registration table so that all the golfers could see what they could win with a hole-in-one on the 9th hole. By noon, Kim Miller and Dianna Curtis delivered our Pica’s pizzas and Pretzels from Pretzel Boys; followed by Chris Knight, from Double Edge Sports Grille, dropping off the best chicken cheese steak egg rolls in Delaware County. The golfers, volunteers, and the staff at Paxon, enjoyed the food we provided.
The Unveiling of Our Hero Reawakens American Pride
Saturday September 19, 2015 was not an ordinary fall day in Delaware County; it was a day of celebration as the 8’ Bronze Statue of Wild Bill Guarnere, by sculptor Chad Fisher, found a home at the Delaware County Veterans Memorial. Chad was able to capture the energy, the spirit and the courage of not just Wild Bill, but also of those men who he stood so proudly with from Easy Company. The statue is a testament to the true grit and determination of America’s greatest generation and an awe-inspiring tribute to a man always willing to share his heart. The statue also speaks to the values Bill instilled in his family: bravery, decency, love for one’s self and others and American pride. For those present at the unveiling, the statue became a symbol of hope as Bill’s quiet strength seemed to capture our hearts.
On June 6, 1944, thousands of lives hung in the balance as young men stormed the beaches. Many would not come back. Of those who did, only a precious few remain. The sunshine and crisp wind at the Delaware County Veterans Memorialserves as counterpoint to the weighty skies over Normandy 71 years ago.
To commemorate the 71st Anniversary of D-Day, the team from the Wild Bill Guarnere Memorial Fund was on hand with members of the DCVMA board, Double Edge Sport’s Bar and Grille (serving fantastic food), ParadoxLabs, Cigna Insurance, Damon Feldman and several local veterans and their families and friends at noon to witness the first casket flag raising ceremony in honor of Wild Bill over the grounds that will soon be his new home. Attendees stood in silence, some near tears and some with their heads bowed as though in prayer as the members of the Guarnere family began raising the flag. It was emotional, it was solemn and it was a reminder to all that the price of freedom remains with those laid to rest to defend it.
On Friday April 17, 2015 under bright blue sunny skies the 1st Annual Wild Bill Guarnere Memorial Golf Outing and Dinner sponsored by Gary Sinise and the Gary Sinise Foundation began. As the golfers arrived for registration, they were treated to lunch provided by Picas Restaurant, Subway, Herr's Foods, Turkey Hill, Giant and Pretzel Boys. Our team, along with our friends at ParadoxLabs, O'Reilly Buick GMC, Heritage Homes, Cole Chiropractic Center, Aramark, and Palm Printing rallied as the golfers headed for the course in hopes of scoring a hole-in-one to win a brand new car provided by O'Reilly Buick GMC.
On Saturday March 14, Wild Bill’s granddaughter, Debi Rafferty and Mark Robinson from O’Reilly Buick GMC, and a dear friend of the Wild Bill team were guest Bartenders at Double Edge Sport’s Bar and Grille. Double Edge kindly hosted our latest Wild Bill fundraiser where over $2,000 was raised in four hours of great food, great hospitality and lots of singing and dancing!
What a fantastic event, Friday January 16, 2015, to celebrate and raise funds for the Wild Bill Guarnere Memorial Fund. Every one of the over two hundred people filling the two banquet rooms at Popi’s Italian Restaurant, felt like family. There were hugs, there were kisses and there was love touching every corner. I personally have never been a part of something so special. Family, friends and strangers united with a common goal- to preserve a legacy.