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Midstate man proposes tribute to Major Dick Winters

Written by Megan Lello, witf Reporter and Producer | Apr 4, 2011 8:50 AM

(Ephrata) -- A midstate police officer is proposing a way to memorialize one of the country's most well-known World War II veterans, the late Dick Winters. Brian Dell Isola is a police officer with the Ephrata Police Department in Lancaster County. He's calling for a series projects in the borough to honor the major, who led the so-called Band of Brothers of the 101st Airborne through D-Day and several other European campaigns. Dell Isola says Winters, who grew up in Ephrata and passed away in early January, has been an inspiration. "I'm a veteran myself, and just the story of Major Winters, I'm just a big fan," he says. "He was actually, really a man of peace. With him, it was really all about his men. His leadership qualities really amaze me." Dell Isola would like to see the borough purchase and renovate Winters' childhood home to turn it into a museum. He also wants to rename the borough's Linear Park Trail the "Major Dick Winters Memorial Trail." Borough Council is expected to make a decision about the formation of a steering committee to head the effort at a meeting this week.

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