THE GOSHEN NEWS
A retired convenience store developer for Phillips 66, Al Lane, 86, served in World War II and was part of the Allied “D-Day” invasion of Normandy in 1944. He is also a pioneer of Goshen’s Celebrate America committee, which promotes awareness of our area’s veterans and organizes an annual Fourth of July celebration.
Where did you grow up?
Rochester, N.Y. near Lake Ontario. I graduated high school June 21, 1943 and was inducted into the Army on July 15, 1943.
How long have you lived here?
I have lived in 21 homes in eight states. I have lived here since 1964.
What is your fondest memory of this community?
The thrill of organizing Celebrate America and the joy of membership in our First Methodist Church and that Goshen appreciates its veterans.
Describe the essence of this community
My friends are happy, energetic, church-centered adults. I think that the Goshen area is fortunate to have the strong Christian populace. There is a strong caring and sharing attitude.
What about this community would you like to improve?
We have a pleasant, clean, attractive city with good roads and parks. We need a more aggressive action toward developing high-paying jobs, expanding technical occupations for future generations. Also, we need to control and abolish our serious illegal drug problem.