Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

President Bush Recognizes Contributions of All Americans to Victory in WWII

Spring 2005

As the world commemorates the 60th anniversary of the Allied victory over the scourge of Nazism and Fascism in Europe, President Bush recognized the contributions of Americans of all religious backgrounds in that victory. Speaking at the cemetery in Maastricht, The Netherlands, where thousands of Americans who gave their lives in the cause of freedom are buried, the President noted that "On this peaceful May morning we commemorate a great victory for liberty, and the thousands of white marble crosses and Stars of David underscore the terrible price we pay for that victory." The Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV), which in the past has expressed extreme displeasure at the omission of reference to the Jewish contribution to America's armed forces, commends the President for recognizing that Americans of all religious backgrounds stood together to win the glorious victory that we recognize this week. In this year of the commemoration of 350 years of Jewish life in America, it is important to recognize that we are also celebrating 350 years of Jewish service to our military. What has concerned Jewish veterans throughout America's history concerns Jewish veterans today. Jews must still defend themselves against the canards of anti- Semites who continue to declare that Jews have not served in America's Armed Forces. As the President's remarks made clear, Jews fought and died alongside their fellow Americans in WWII and in all of the conflicts that have beset the United States from its founding. Their service continues today in the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, and Jewish troops will continue to serve alongside their fellow Americans in any future conflicts as the U.S. continues to fight and defeat the forces of terrorism as we have fought and defeated the enemies of the past.

 

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