The Westchester County Executive presented a photo book chronicling the sacrifice of a Mount Vernon soldier during WWI


The Westchester County Executive presented a photo book chronicling the sacrifice of a Mount Vernon soldier during WWI

Westchester County Director George Latimer received a 58 page photo book honoring the service and sacrifice of Corporal Morris D. Link of Mount Vernon.

Link was killed in action during World War I and served with the legendary 369e Harlem Hellfighters Infantry. He was one of 85 Mount Vernon soldiers killed in World War I.

A centennial ceremony in Mount Vernon commemorating Link’s return was held in October.

Latimer said: “Corporal Link and the Harlem Hellfighters have provided selfless service to the community and to the country. Their level of commitment is to be honored and I am grateful to receive this beautifully crafted book that shares their story. It will be on display here in our offices in the Michaelian Office Building. “

The centennial commemorative book was written by Terrence Horton, a resident of Mount Vernon, former commissioner of the Department of Public Works.

Horton said: “The Latimer County Manager has been a pillar and role model for the town of Mount Vernon. As he grew in his career, he never forgot to look back. This particular memorial and Corporal Link’s recognition are so relevant to the philosophy of the executive because what it does, it represents extraordinary moments in time.

Horton also sent the book to President Joe Biden, Governor Kathy Hochul, and Mount Vernon Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard.