Memorial Day is celebrated this year on Monday, May 28th. In the United States it is the federal holiday designated for remembering the people who died while serving in our country's armed forces. As Decoration Day (the original name for this day was established in 1868 - shortly after the Civil War ended) comes and goes we will point out a few stories of those who served our country in the military along with those of some of our allies. All of these fellows are also Knights of Columbus.
In the May 2018 edition of the Columbia there is published an article entitled: Knights of the “Greatest Generation”. “More than seven decades have passed since World War II and the “Greatest Generation’ is quickly disappearing. Of the 16 million Allied servicemen from the United States and 1.1 million from Canada, nearly 450,000 lost their lives during the war. Approximately the same number remain alive today, and they are dying at about the same rate as during WWII — several hundred each day.
The war itself began with Hitler’s invasion of Poland Sept. 1, 1939. Canada followed England and France into the conflict days later. The United States entered the war after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941, casting the nation’s full weight into the war effort until the surrender of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan in 1945.”
Follow the link found at www.IWKnights.com/bulletin or at facebook.com/IWknights 9981 and NOW on Twitter at twitter.com/IwKnights to read a bit of the story of each of five Knights who fought in World War II. They are:
- ANTHONY J. BUCCIERI – Water tender 2nd class in the U.S. Navy;
- DENNIS J. KENNY - Aero engine technician in the Royal Canadian Air Force;
- JOSEPH G. LAVALLEE - Private first class, U.S. 1st Marine Division;
- CRUZ C. ORTIZ SR. - Corporal technician in the U.S. Army Air Forces;
- BOLESŁAW RYBKA - Member of the Polish resistance Home Army (Armia Krajowa); participated in the Warsaw Uprising of 1944; sent to a German prisoner-of-war camp.
Links Related to this week’s column:
- KNIGHTS OF THE ‘GREATEST GENERATION’
By Columbia staff - May 1, 2018
- KNIGHTS WHO SERVED IN WORLD WAR II TELL THEIR STORIES
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