Next Presentation 

The Lexington Veterans’ Association under the auspices of the Friends of the COA will present their monthly program on Monday, Mar 11, 2019, at 1:15P.M., in the lower level meeting room at the Cary Memorial Library. 1875 Massachusetts Avenue. Open free to the public, come and enjoy coffee and refreshments along with friends and fellow veterans at 12:45 P.M. followed by our program at 1:15P.M.

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The Humor of World War II”  

How Comedy Became one of our Strongest Weapons 

                                    in the Path to Victory                                              

Speaker: Michael Manfreda

      Attorney and former prosecutor, teacher, and lecturer in American military, political and     

      intellectual history.                                      


  During World War II, comedy became one of our strongest weapons in the path to victory. On the battlefield and on the home front, comedy served the war effort to an extent never before possible in the history of warfare.

Attorney Michael Manfreda, frequent speaker on military history, will examine the ways in which comedy contributed to this unique era in our history. Hosted by the Lexington Veterans Association, the public is invited for coffee and conversation at 12:45 p.m. with the program beginning at 1:15 p.m.

This informative and fun program includes offerings from the humorists of the time, print cartoons, video and musical clips, movies and training films, featuring major studios such as Warner Brothers and Disney.

Attorney Michael Manfreda earned a BA in history from Holy Cross in 1974 and a JD from Suffolk in 1977.  After serving as an Assistant District Attorney in Boston, he formed Manfreda and Associates, located in Boston. While his time as a prosecutor taught him the value of a sense of humor in tense situations, his love of history began with his father, who held a Ph.D. in history and taught at the University of Connecticut graduate school.  While continuing to practice law, he made regular sojourns to his home town of Wallingford, CT to take on teaching stints in math, science, history and English. He has since taught and lectured in the areas of American political, military and intellectual history. Easter Sunday,