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Congregation B'nai Abraham pays tribute to vets

November 11, 2009

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Congregation B'nai Abraham paid tribute to all American veterans and, in particular, to local Jewish war veterans in its annual Veterans Day Service.

Eight Jewish veterans of World War I, 15 veterans of World War II and one who served in Vietnam are buried in the Hebrew Cemetery in Halfway, according to information provided by the congregation.

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Three others, whose remains are buried in European graveyards of France and Belgium, also were honored.

About 65 members and youth placed American flags at the graves of all Jewish American veterans interred in the Memorial Garden. Each child placed a flag at a previously marked gravesite.

Bob Rosen, a local retired federal attorney, recited a poem by Hermann Hesse; Rabbi Raskind led everyone in traditional Hebrew and English prayers; and Ariana Seidman sang "America the Beautiful," according to the information provided.

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