As Memorial Day 2012 approaches, the National Museum of American Jewish Military History and the Jewish War Veterans lists at present over 45 Jews who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their countryundefinedfor usundefinedin Iraq and Afghanistan since 2003.
There are no other organizations better suited to remember these Fallen Heroes than JWV, the nation’s oldest active veterans’ service organization, and NMAJMH, established to document and preserve the contributions of Jewish Americans to the peace and freedom of the United States and educate the public concerning the courage, heroism and sacrifices made by Jewish Americans who have served in the armed forces,
This list is an accounting of those who have given their lives in our current conflicts to date. I’m sure you will be struck by how young so many of them were, how much life they had ahead of them, how much talent the world has lost with their passing.
This Memorial Day weekend remember their lives and their sacrifice by reading their names at your echelon’s meeting closest to Memorial Day, asking your Rabbi and other Jewish community leaders in your area to read the names at services on the Shabbat of Memorial Day weekend, and including the reading of the names at all Memorial Day events.
May their names and their memories be a blessing to us all.