On April 15, 1918, Harry A. Apostol married Helen Beebe. The next day, the Army corporal left Lima never to return or to lay eyes upon his bride again.
The 32-year-old Apostol was wounded in France during World War I and died Oct. 23, 1918. He is buried in Meuse-Argonne American cemetery in Romagne, France, one of the 30,921 World War I fighters buried in foreign soil. In total, there are 124,909 Americans buried in overseas cemeteries maintained by the U.S. government with an additional 94,000 memorialized on Tablets of the Missing.
Apostol, who was born in Argos, Greece, lived on East Market Street and owned a candy store downtown. He is one of thousands of men and women from Lima who have, since 1831, served their country in uniform.
Another is William E. Metzger Jr., who, on Nov. 4, 1944, during World War II, earned the Medal of Honor for staying with his B-17 bomber while most of the crew parachuted to safety. The Army second lieutenant, who was just 22 when he gave his life for his country and fellow soldiers, is buried in Lima's Woodlawn Cemetery.
While all who served their country in uniform deserve recognition every day — especially those who gave the ultimate sacrifice — Americans have set aside today, Veterans Day, to give thanks to those whose lives are writ large in the history of this nation. They gave their all so we can live free.