Austintown restaurant dedicates benches in honor of fallen veterans

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All six benches were donated by the family of David. L. Eisenbraun

Veteran benches in Austintown

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – An area of the Quaker Steak and Lube restaurant in Austintown is growing to include special seating.

Six benches were dedicated Tuesday in honor of fallen military veterans.

The benches will sit in an area where five flags are set, representing all branches of the U.S. military.

All six benches were donated by the family of David. L. Eisenbraun, one of the fallen soldiers.

The honored soldiers include:

  • 2nd Lieutenant Charles W. Brown, Army – Vietnam War
  • 2nd lieutenant John Terlecky, Jr., Army Air Corp – World War II
  • Chief Warrant Officer Donald V. Clark, Army – Iraq War
  • Hospitalman David L. Eisenbraun, Navy – Vietnam War
  • Sergeant James Pommersberger, Marines – Vietnam War
  • Sergeant Robert M. Carr, Army – Iraq War

The mother of one of the men killed says she’s glad people remember her son’s sacrifice.

“It means so much because everybody’s lives go on, but us of the fallen, I still wait for my son to come home,” said Chris Wortman, mother of Sgt. Carr.

A restaurant representative said the American people owe the men a debt.

“Remember our fallen. It’s always important to always remember those people who gave their lives so we can have the freedom we have today, to say and do whatever you want. Even if you don’t agree with it, you still have the freedom to do that,” said Ken Jakubec.

Recently the restaurant hosted the appearance of the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall, a 3/5 scale of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C. More than 450 motorcyclists gathered at Quaker Steak & Lube to follow the memorial to its next stop along the route to the nation’s capital.

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