Veterans Day


 Dominick Cerone

Dominick Cerone was a World War One veteran who earned a silver star for gallantry during the war. This image of him was found on the Yonkers News Archive.

Wednesday, November 11 is Veterans Day. It was established by Woodrow Wilson in 1919 as remembrance to Americans who died in World War One which ended on November 11, 1918. Today, on November 11, we honor the heroism and sacrifice of all veterans who fought for our country. 

At the Yonkers Public Library, we had the amazing opportunity to interview Yonkers veterans including those that served during World War Two. Three World War Two veterans that we interviewed were Stan Bernstein, Frank Fortuna, and  Alex Strohmayer. Each of their stories are profound and moving!  

To learn more about the experiences of American service men and woman who fought overseas, we have created a recommended reading list. All of these books can be found at the Yonkers Public Library.    









Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose

Citizen Soldiers by Stephen Ambrose

The Harlem Hellfighters by Max Brooks

The Civil War: A Narrative by Shelby Foote

Redeployment by Phil Klay

Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes

What It Is Like Going to War by Karl Marlantes

Sea Stories by William McRaven

Red Platoon by Clinton Romseha 

To The Last Man by Jeff Shaara

On Desperate Ground by Hampton Sides

With the Old breed by Eugene Sledge

In Harm’s Way by Doug Stanton

Sons of Freedom by Jeffrey Wawro

The Life of Johnny Reb and Billy Yank by Bell Irvin Wiley