Derby Rededicates Witek Monuments

The city reversed a grave injustice on Saturday, September 22 when they replaced and rededicated the monuments to PFC. Frank P. Witek at Witek Park. The original brass monuments originally dedicated on August 3, 2003 were stolen along with several others throughout the Valley. However the community came together to raise the funds to install new laser edged monuments to replace the stolen ones in a moving ceremony attended by family members, city and local leaders, veterans and the general public.

Thomas M. Voytek, Commander CWV Post 1562 served as the Master of Ceremonies for the event. Spekers included Derby Mayor Anthony Staffieir; James Cohen, President of the Valley Community Foundation, and Retired Derby Police Chief Andrew Cota who was the keynote speaker. Cota, a retired marine himself, gave a stirring talk on the life and values of PFC Witek, the only Valley soldier ever presented with the Congressional Medal of Honor. The ceremony close with a rifle solute, a solemn rendition of taps played by another Derby veteran Dan Waleski, and the singing of God Bless America.

Click to watch a high quality video of the ceremony.

If you would like to watch the entire ceremony as it was broadcast, click here. Click here for more pictures. To see more about the original dedication from 2003, click here. PFC Witek is also a member of the Derby Hall of Fame.


 Story posted on September 22, 2012

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