Special Exhibit Honors World War II Veterans

The paintings were a gift to the Suffolk County Historical Society.

Just in time for the coming Veterans Day holiday, the Suffolk County Historical Society will present a special exhibition honoring the nation's heroes.

To commemorate Veteran’s Day, two mural size World War II oil paintings by artist William Stranders are on display at the Suffolk County Historical Society. 

The paintings were donated to SCHS by the American Legion Post #273 in Riverhead and will remain on view throughout the month of November.

The works of art memorialize two different events of WWII. One depicts General Patton’s tanks and the other shows The Invasion of the Gilbert Islands. 

Originally, Stranders’ work was used for the promotion of war bond purchases.

Stranders was born in 1896 in the Netherlands. He lived in Manhattan in 1920 and moved to Yonkers by 1930. Later a commercial artist for New York Telephon, he died in 1981. 

The paintings are on display in the meeting room of the Suffolk County Historical Society. The public is invited to a bagel breakfast at 9 a.m. before the Veterans Day ceremony, which takes place at 11 a.m. at the War Memorial on the Society’s grounds on Monday, Nov. 11.


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