Congressman Leonard Lance

Representing the 7th District of New Jersey

Lance Honors WWII Veteran From New Hope

Apr 20, 2017
Press Release

FLEMINGTON, NJ --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) visited the ShopRite in Flemington, New Jersey to honor World War II veteran Archie Fagan.  Fagan, 91, served in the 51st Armored Infantry Battalion of the United States Army from June of 1944 to December of 1946.  He fought in the Battle of the Bulge, helped liberate the Dachau concentration camp and was a military observer during the Nuremberg Trials.  Lance presented Fagan with an American Flag that was flown over the United States Capitol and thanked him for his service.

“It was my privilege to meet Archie and show my gratitude for the great sacrifices he has made for this country,” said Lance.  “I think it is important, now more than ever, to engage with WWII veterans to ensure that their stories do not go untold and that their lessons are not forgotten.  Archie is an outstanding citizen and his life should be an inspiration to all Americans.”

Fagan graduated from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1950 and then took over his family owned grocery business until 1993.  Although he could have retired, Fagan has spent the last 24 years at the Flemington ShopRite because of his passion for the work.  He currently lives in New Hope, Pennsylvania with his wife Ellen.