A Berks County War Hero’s Christmas Story

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Though not a traditional Christmas photo, this artifact still boasts a marvelous Christmas story. The man seated is Sylvester Korejwo, a soldier who fought in World War I. Korejwo was injured in November of 1918 and was sent home in the Spring of 1919. As he had missed the previous year’s Christmas, the family decided to keep their Christmas tree up an extra six months – just for Korejwo to see and enjoy upon his return home. He is seen here sitting in his rocking chair at his local Reading home around 1920.

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