FLEMINGTON, NJ – Flemington Community Jewish Center is planning to honor Hunterdon icon Archie Fagan at a special ceremony on May 26.
The event will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Center on Route 523, just opposite the Raritan Township Municipal building.
Fagan is a legend in Hunterdon. The 92-year-old will be speaking about his experiences in the military and what it means to be an American.
"Archie Fagan is not only a national hero, but also a local treasure who brightens the day of everyone he meets," said Joseph S. Colalillo, who is president of the ShopRite here.
Fagan is known for his positive spirit, passion for work and zest for life.
“Archie sets a shining example of how we all should approach life, work and those around us," Colalillo said.
“There's no retirement in my future,” Fagan said. “I will be here, God willing, until He asks me to leave."
Fagan was born in Philadelphia. When he was 17, he was drafted out of high school and served in the Army for more than two years. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge, helped liberate the Dachau concentration camp and was called to duty as a military observer during the 1946 Nuremberg trials.
He graduated from The Wharton School which he attended under the GI bill. In 1950, he and a brother took over their family's grocery business; they remained partners until selling the store in 1993. Since then, Fagan has been a service manager at Flemington ShopRite, where he knows many customers by name and greets them on the floor.
Those who will be part of honoring Fagan include Raritan Township Mayor Jeff Kuhl and county Freeholders.
Registration for the program is available online. Suggested donations are $10, which will be donated to Fagan’s favorite charity. Light refreshments will be served.