Columbia VFW Portrait Restoration Project

This item highlights the rich history of more than 80 portraits that hang in Columbia VFW Post 2435, Veterans of Foreign Wars at 4th and Manor Streets in Columbia and the current fundraising effort to restore the portraits.

The portraits depict men who gave their lives for their country in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam and Beirut, Lebanon; all men were from Columbia. All of the portraits were painted by Richard Fritz during the 60's and 70's. Richard served during WWII and was wounded in the South Pacific. He died in 1994.

Given the age of the portraits, they are showing signs of wear and are in need of repair. The Columbia VFW is looking for funds to clean and repair these portraits. A committee is heading up this project and they are currently seeking bids for the restoration of the portraits. They are in need of donations to complete this costly, but much needed project. All donations can be mailed to Columbia VFW 4th and Manor Streets Columbia, PA, 17512. Checks should be made payable to "VFW Portrait Fundraiser."