Friday, 12 March 2010 00:00
As a decorated veteran of WWII, I would like to express my support for a memorial to WWII veterans. So many have already passed away, but a monument for their efforts would be a great tribute to those who remain to finally see it.
I served in one of General Patton’s tank divisions – the Sixth Armored Division. I’ve been a member of the Manhasset American Legion Post No. 304 for many years, and proud of my affiliation with a veterans group. One of my decorations is the Purple Heart for injuries suffered in combat, also the Silver Star and two Bronze Stars.
On Thursday, Jan. 28, I read a Letter to the Editor submitted by Commander Selwyn G. Rudnick, Manhasset Post 5063, Veterans of Foreign Wars. The letter requests approval of a WWII memorial for Manhasset. I strongly support such a proposal.
Over 16.5 million Americans participated in the military service of WWII. We suffered over a million casualties, killed in action or wounded. Tom Brokaw called this group, “The Greatest Generation,” who successfully fought the biggest war of the 20th century.
While Manhasset has two memorials honoring veterans of WWI, we have no single memorial for the veterans of WWII.
As a wounded veteran of WWII, I strongly believe we should remember and honor all WWII veterans.
Alvin M. Schor