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Fancher monument honors 10 who perished in WWII

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 17 June 2013 at 12:00 am

FANCHER – In August 1949, the Fancher community gathered to dedicate a monument on the triangle along the Route 31 curve.

The memorial honored 10 soldiers from the Fancher community who died in World War II. The monument includes a plaque noting the ultimate sacrifice by John Christopher, Joseph Christopher, Cosmo Coccitti, John Kettle, Jr., Leonard Licursi, Martin Licursi, Richard Merritt, Camille Nenni, Floyd Valentine and Richard Vendetta.

I’ve driven by this monument hundreds of times. I was happy about a decade ago when the four electric clocks were repaired. This evening I stopped to find out the meaning behind the memorial.

It didn’t realize it was dedicated to WWII veterans, or that the small community of Fancher had lost so many in the war.

Click here for a link to an article in The Holley Standard from Aug. 11, 1949, previewing the dedication of the monument.