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Veterans Display Their Own Art This Weekend

Freedom Express also stopping by

POCONO TOWNSHIP, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - Ray Roper served as an Airforce pilot, flying fighters in the Vietnam War. Once he returned home, photography became his new passion.

"It's a creative outlet," says Ray Roper of Tannersville.

Ray travels around the world taking photos. He was asked to display some of those works this weekend inside the Pocono Heritage Center at Mountain View Park.

Roper adds, "oh it's great! And it's great exposure."

Shary Maloney is also a local veteran, and her artwork is on display too. She calls one piece 'Never Forget'.

"Today's generation thinks more of 9/11 so I think they could just be, all across the board. Let's never forget," says Shary Maloney of Stroudsburg.

The artwork is for sale. Proceeds benefit the American Legion Post 903. The post plans to use the money to maintain its war memorial along Route 611 in Tannersville.

"I've never seen an art show specific to veterans. So I think this is very unique for the community," explains Charlie Trapasso, President of Pocono Township Parks & Recreation Board.

The Freedom Express is also stopping by. The tractor trailer is filled with special veteran-related memorabilia, from paperwork to dogtags and a casket. Gary Gallerie of Pocono Summit drives the truck, which travels throughout the east coast.

He adds, "we try to pull all this together to honor, teach and remember."

The Freedom Express and art exhibit are both on display for the public to enjoy through Sunday afternoon.


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