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November 9th, 2007

The Jews of Iwo Jima

Let us remember Veteran's Day on the 11th but also as we do so, be aware of the need to be broad in our acceptance of all faiths and ethnicities within our fighting forces. February this year 2007 marked the 62nd anniversary of the beginning of the battle for Iwo Jima, in which some 1,500 Marines were Jewish.

After the battle was over, Rabbi Gittelsohn who was awarded three service ribbons, was asked to deliver a memorial sermon by his friend the Division Chaplain. The majority of Christian Chaplains were however against this, objecting to a Rabbi preaching over predominantly Christian graves. Gittelsohn, not wishing to embarass his friend decided to not preach then after all.

He did however deliver his now famous eulogy to a modest audience of about 70 attendees, including three protestant chaplains who boycotted their own service in opposition to bigotry. On this Veteran's day we ask you to go and view the page in this link - - and enjoy the stirring words which are as relevant now as they were then.

The Liberty Crew

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