Memorial Day 2009

My father, Chaplain Abraham Avrech, 42nd Division, Col. Ret., conducts
services for Jewish soldiers during the Korean War.

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  1. Robert J. Avrech
    Posted May 25, 2009 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    Thank you one and all for your wonderful and generous comments regarding my father’s picture. Rabbi Avrech lives in Florida now where he divides his time playing golf and learning Torah. I am intensely proud of my father and his service to our country and I will pass on your kind words to him. I know he will appreciate them.

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  2. Bill Brandt
    Posted May 24, 2009 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

    Ben Stein, in his “final column”, has also said it quite eloquently:
    “For many years Ben Stein has written a biweekly column called ‘Monday Night
    At Morton’s.’ (Morton’s is a famous chain of Steakhouses known to be
    frequented by movie stars and famous people from around the globe.) Now, Ben
    is terminating the column to move on to other things in his life. Reading
    his final column is worth a few minutes of your time. ”

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  3. DrCarol
    Posted May 24, 2009 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    I love that photo of your father, too, Robert.
    Our military are precious and we don’t take care of them anywhere near as well as they deserve. The abiding shame of my generation is how returning Vietnam veterans were treated.
    I thought this National Review post said everything I wanted to say about Memorial Day, but better.

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  4. Posted May 24, 2009 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    What strikes me in the second photograph is the Star of David among the Christian crosses. I’m not sure I can put into words why that touches me. Perhaps it’s how the Star of David is gleaming white, like the crosses around it, and is lined up with the crosses around it, yet refuses to forsake its distinctiveness as a symbol of a minority religion.
    I dunno. I’m not a scriptwriter. I sometimes don’t know how to put these things into words.

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  5. Posted May 24, 2009 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    Its a wonderful picture of your father Robert

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  6. Maurice
    Posted May 24, 2009 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    I love that picture of your father!
    The second picture saddens me, but it mixed with the deepest gratitude for those who fought for us, and of course, today, for those who paid with their lives in order to keep us a free people.
    I hope we remember not only those who lost their lives, on this Memorial Day, but what they fought FOR, that their lives would not be lost in vain. They stood up against the tyrants and murderers, and fought for liberty and freedom.

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  7. Bill Brandt
    Posted May 24, 2009 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    I always think of stories of my great uncle (WW1) and father (WW2). My great uncle used to write home mentioning all the rats and filth in the trenches. He was killed by a sniper a week before armistice.
    My father enlisted in the 82nd Airborne in 1942. During training at Ft Benning he was trying to help a friend with something and managed to get his leg caught in the static line – long story short he injured his knee – was in a hospital for awhile while his unit was sent to Italy. They suffered 80% casualties.
    Our servicemen/women have kept the Barbarians at the Gate and many paid with their own lives.

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  8. Posted May 24, 2009 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    Moving photographs.
    I would love to hear stories about your father’s service as chaplain.

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