The Edison Rotary held a special Veterans Appreciation Event on Saturday, November, 15, 2014 at the Edison Library on Plainfield Avenue. Rotarians Dr. Arthur Santiago, Judy Mansbach, Pamela Carringer, Dr. Barbara Czarnecki and Richard Phelan welcomed guests from the community, including Veterans, to share in a bit of history from World War II and the Cold War in Eastern Europe.Edison Rotary President Barbara Czarnecki introduced Veteran and Former CIA Agent Stanley Glod, Esquire who spoke about St. Maximilian Kolbe. St. Maximilian was a visionary who was way ahead of his time. He went to Japan and opened a monastery in an area which he was told would not be a good place for it. However, when the atomic bomb hit Nagasaki, the location on the side of a mountain, sheltered it from the blast. When he returned to Poland after founding the monastery, he founded several publications, another monastery and a radio station. Some of his publications were against Nazi Germany. Even though he was risking his life, he stood up for what was right. St. Maximilian tried to save the lives of thousands of Jews during World War II by hiding them in his monastery before he was arrested and sent to the concentration camp. Later he chose to give up his life in place of another prisoner in the concentration camp. There was a special viewing of the world famous portrait of St. Maximilian Kolbe. All were welcome to take photographs with the portrait and hear the tail of how Mr. Glod came to acquire the painting and his experience in the CIA during the Cold War.Light refreshments were served at a reception afterward. We’d like to thank Dr. Dorothy Czarnecki for donating scrumptious baked goods, Maria’s Flowers on Route 27 in Edison for donating a lovely centerpiece and Stas’ Deli on St. George’s Avenue in Rahway for donating delicious kielbasa and rye bread.