Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

JWV a Leader in Allowing Jewish Gold Star Families to Participate in National Weekend of Remembrance

July 2009

The Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV) is proud to have been a leader in resolving the date of this year's National Weekend of Remembrance to honor those who have fallen in battle from its original schedule, which would have coincided this year with Rosh Hashanah, the start of the Jewish High Holidays.

As the family of SPC Daniel Agami, who was killed in Iraq in June 2007, noted, "We take this personally and feel that alternative arrangements should be made to consider those families that will be left out due to our commitment to our Religion and our religious obligations."

JWV National Commander Ira Novoselsky stated in a bipartisan letter originated by Congressman Ron Klein (D-FL), "The Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America stands strongly behind Congressman Klein and his colleagues in this effort. As Jewish Americans and military veterans, we believe that religious obligations should never preclude military families from coming together to remember their loved ones lost in battle. Military families of all religious faiths, and no religious faith at all, share a common and sacred bond of remembrance, and nothing should stand in the way of any gathering designed to strengthen that bond and memorialize our brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for this country."

The JWV is pleased we led in the efforts to correct the date of this event.

All Gold Star families have suffered the loss of their loved ones. All should be allowed to commemorate their sacrifice.


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