More than 200 deceased Jewish U.S. World War II veterans were honored on Veterans Day on plaques dedicated at the Gutterman-Musicant Funeral Home in Hackensack, N.J., with 80 family members and friends in attendance.
According to a report, many were World War II veterans who were fortunate enough to survive combat, return home and lead productive lives and have died only recently.
Names of some of those honored and quotes from the event, as reported in the Record:
Among those on the plaques:
Sol Stemmer, an electrician who helped repair the naval fleet after Pearl Harbor.
Jack Forman, whose World War II service started in Europe and ended on Okinawa.
Morris Isaac, a sailor in the Pacific Theater.
Jack Forman of Little Ferry, N.J., who died in 2006, at age 90.
Deborah Eliyahu of Teaneck, whose father, Morris Isaac, died in 2006: “His brother Eugene was killed in France after D-Day, so this was a very moving ceremony for me for a lot of reasons.”
Martin Kasdan, co-manager of the funeral home: “We’ve seen so many [World War II] veterans here that we thought this would be the appropriate thing to do.” The funeral home relays requests for flags at the graves of veterans to Jewish War Veterans Post 651 in Fair Lawn, N.J.
Sid Lichter, state commander of the Jewish War Veterans: “Most are World War II veterans and Korean War veterans so you’re talking about men in their 70s, 80s and 90s. We’re losing a lot at an unfortunate rate.”