LAKE CITY, S.C. – Brooke Godwin, a lifetime resident of Lake City and a World War II veteran, was honored on Flag Day, June 14, at the Lake City Public Library.
Godwin was drafted in World War II to the 101st Airborne Division (The Screaming Eagles) and fought in the European Theater of Operations. He saw action in the Siege of Bastogne, one of the fights from The Battle of the Bulge.
The brief ceremony was held prior to Godwin being interviewed by Kent Daniels and Zachary Blankenship of Lynches Lake Historical Society, which is part of the Lake City Creative Alliance.
A special presentation was made to Godwin by Dr. Sharon Moore Askins, a Florence County Library Board member, of an oil portrait done by Gerard Erley of Columbia. Erley was the winner of the 2019 ArtFields Portrait Contest and painted Godwin in the second round of the contest. Holly Shady of The ArtFields Collective facilitated the procurement of the portrait.