Suzy Moravicks father Stephen was drafted by the Army right after he graduated from Somers High School in 1943. Basic training came next, then Europe. But as his infantry division headed into St. Lo, France, Moravick was wounded by a sniper. Evacuated and hospitalized, he eventually served out the war in Belgium. It was Christmas night of 1945 when he arrived home to friends and family in Lincolndale.
Fortunately for future generations, Moravicks wartime memories have been video-taped and are available for viewing at the Patterson Library Living History Archives and the Purple Heart Museum in Highland Falls.
I realize now that my father was one of the hardest working and strongest men I ever knew. [He] instilled a strong work ethic in our family and to this day he can be seen working out on our four and a half acres, as much as any person half his age, she said. He took great pride in his work and still does.
Suzy Moravick said her mother, 78, and her father, now 86, are from a generation of people who do not quit, no matter what adversities they may face.
Moravick said her father still continues to take care of her. Its something she hasnt outgrown.
He is always watching out for me. If there is anything I need, hell do his best to provide it, she said. All father-daughter relationships change over the years. I have grown to understand my father better as we age. I recognize his strengths and weaknesses and admire his work ethic.
Now, more than ever.
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