George E. Marcia Jr. lied about his age so he could enlist. It’s almost shocking to write the word “lie” in the same sentence as my grandfather’s name because he was the most honest, accurate man I have ever met. My grandfather, my Saba was a stickler for details, a man with the mind of … More My Grandfather Was Semper Fi
A piece of paper with writing on it brought the complexities of my grandfather’s personality, rushing back to me, from beyond the grave. I don’t believe he placed much importance on what he wrote. How could he know that his words, so clearly would make him vivid to me, once more? I can see him … More Thoughts from my grandfather…
I wrote this August 28, 2003. 14 years later, the sadness has not changed…. I once knew a boy. He was a beautiful boy. Charismatic and charming and a tiny bit naughty, he was very appealing. So often I find myself saying, “once” and “was”, speaking about people in the past tense. Thinking about people … More The Boy I Once Knew
On April 24th Israelis will commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day. This is not the same date as the International Holocaust Memorial Day. This date was chosen to emphasize the place of the Holocaust in the story of the Jewish people. We do this by first celebrating Passover. One week later, we mark Holocaust Memorial Day. Exactly … More The Holocaust, miracles and revenge
Did you know that Israel commemorates the Holocaust on a different date than the International Holocaust Remembrance Day? The world would have preferred to forget. In 2005, Israel finally succeeded to attain UN recognition of an internationally recognized Holocaust Remembrance Day. January 27th was chosen as this was the date of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau … More The irony of International Holocaust Remembrance Day
Those who should be here and are not. We remember each and every one of them, and pay tribute. To them and to those they have left behind – It is because of them that our nation has a State. Those that were killed in battle, murdered by terrorists, And those that managed to continue … More 23,447 of my brothers and sisters
Today is the eve of Memorial Day for IDF soldiers and victims of terrorism. Tomorrow night Memorial Day becomes Independence Day. The contrast is harsh, painful and deliberate. Because of them, thanks to them, the Nation of Israel has a State. (23,320 soldiers killed from a nation of 7 million is a huge amount. No … More Because of them our Nation has a State
Years later the signs still remain… On Holocaust Memorial Day it seems more appropriate than ever to post this image: In 2006 Hezbollah rained missiles on to the cities of northern Israel. Each missile was carefully packed full of full of metal death balls, specifically designed to rip through flesh and bones. On impact, the … More Remember and respect your history
Exactly one week after Memorial Day commemorating the Holocaust, the community gathers together to remember and honor our fallen soldiers and the victims of terrorism.
“Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks. Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools. And their grandchildren are once more slaves”.
~D.H. Lawrence, Classical American Literature, 1922 … More The Guard at the Gate