Award: Veterans' Hall of Fame
Richard Evers was a member of the United States Marine Corp serving during World War II.
Mr. Evers joined the Charles Wagner American Legion Post 421 in 1948, and remained an active member, and officer, until his death. Serving as Americanism Chairman for the American Legion Post, he was responsible for the Memorial Day Parade, the Veterans Day Services, and the placing of Flags on Broadway on the 4th of July. If any program had a patriotic flavor Mr. Evers was involved.
Throughout his career, Mr. Evers received many awards and recognition from National, State, County, and Local organizations, as well as the American Legion Post’s highest award, the Gold Card Life Membership. When speaking of Mr. Evers, all who knew him would agree that the one title that best described him was “Mr. Hicksville.”
As a longtime volunteer archivist at the library’s Richard E. Evers Local History Room, Mr. Evers organized the annual Hicksville Library Memorial Month display, a grand tribute to local war heroes in the library lobby. In addition, a street in Hicksville was named after him. A true community man, Mr. Evers
was also a member of the Joseph Barry Knights of Columbus and the Catholic War Veterans Post 1946.
Along with his wife, Anne, Mr. Evers combined his talents of research and writing to produce several books and articles. He was a teacher for 28 years and hundreds of students learned their history from him. He was a historian and took great pride in lecturing about Hicksville and Long Island.
When Mr. Evers passed away, the Hicksville community lost a very fine member and friend. Living a long and rewarding life, Mr. Evers had a profound effect on all those he met.