Thanksgiving Week is special for World War II veteran Cliff Harpst and those who know him
Tuesday, November 22
Upon moving to the City of Greer following his wife’s death in 2007, World War II veteran Cliff Harpst became a fixture in the community, weaving tales about his life and war experiences in The Stomping Grounds coffee house.
Harpst left a void in the city when he moved to Ohio in June to be closer to his family, but a city proclamation and an online radio program have captured his spirit and will share it with the Upstate just in time for Thanksgiving.
“Stories Of The Upstate” host Loyd Ford welcomed Harpst to the studio for a biographical-based interview that will premiere on Thanksgiving Day. The interview may be heard online at www.GreatUpstate.com, by subscribing to "Stories Of The Upstate" on iTunes or the Stitcher app.
“We think Cliff represents an authentic Thanksgiving story that is every bit American and one hundred percent Greer,” Ford said. “American because he is a veteran. Greer because he has such love for the city of Greer. And the story is all heart.”
In conjunction with the program, Mayor Rick Danner signed a proclamation declaring Nov. 21-25 as “Clifford Harpst Thanksgiving Week” in the City of Greer, noting that the holiday week “exists for all to give thanks for homes, blessings, and the family and friends who enrich our lives.”
Harpst, a Pennsylvania native who joined the U.S. Army in 1944 at the age of 18, served as a radio operator as he fought in the Battle of the Bulge and rose to the rank of corporal.
He spent the next 60 years as a husband, father and entrepreneur who was active in his community before moving to Greer to become an unforgettable part of the community. Wearing his World War II Veteran cap, he could be found frequently greeting business owners in Greer Station, participating in festivals and sharing his tales at The Stomping Ground in a special section named The Cliffhangar in his honor.
“We’re calling him ‘Greer Ambassador Cliff Harpst.’ It’s really Cliff’s connection to this town and it’s people that makes his story so special,” Ford said. “Just hearing him talk so heartfelt about his connection with Greer and how much he loves it no matter what, you can’t help but be charmed by the idea of Greer.”