WWII Vet Who Lived Through Great Depression On Coronavirus: 'We Will Prevail'

March 24, 2020

SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — During a crisis, perspective can be valuable.

As coronavirus turns our world completely upside down, a Westchester County resident who has lived through some of the darkest chapters of modern history says keep your chin up, we will get through this.

"We will prevail, we'll get over this, we've gotta put ourselves all together, and try to help each other," says 99-year-old Armando "Chick" Galella, of Sleepy Hollow. "We will prevail, it's going to take time."

The World War II veteran and Pearl Harbor survivor was just 10 years during the Great Depression and remembers waiting in line for food with his mother.

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"That's what we gotta do. We gotta serve our country. Come hell or high water, we'll get through this," Galella said, adding that the best thing to do is keep calm, cool and collected.

The same applies to coronavirus.

Galella believes the key to overcoming adversity is working together and helping each other.

In this current crisis, Galella is doing his part by cooking and sharing that food with family and friends.

"I cook and I give away the food because I'm alone, because you gotta help your neighbor today because that's what it's all about," Galella said. "I make eggplant. I make spaghetti and meatballs. I make chicken cutlets. I give 'em to my family. I make the sauce, everybody likes my sauce."

Right now that just might be the best medicine.

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