97-year-old Polish immigrant Irving Griffel came to the United States at 18, leaving his family and the old country for a better life. But when WWII broke out, his family never got the chance to follow. It was 1938. Irving Griffel was just 18 when he arrived in the new country. It had been a long journey from his native Poland that had started years prior.
In 1945 the United States celebrated its victory and the end of World War II, one of the deadliest wars in world history. Seventy years later, only 855,070 of the original 16 million American servicemen remain. It is estimated that around 500 American World War II veterans die each day. With each passing day, the nation loses witnesses to its history. This struck a chord with C.J. Davis, the Delhi Township supervisor, who said that he wanted to honor the remaining local veterans by documenting their stories.