In the shadow of Friday’s 70th anniversary of D–day, many gathered in Vineland Sunday to honor a group of Jewish World War II veterans.
The Jewish Federation of Cumberland, Gloucester & Salem counties honored local Jewish veterans of World War II at a special brunch this afternoon.
D–day, the largest seaborne invasion in history took place on the beaches of Normandy, France and was the start of the allied victory in World War II.
In Sunday’s ceremony, the vets were recognized for their bravery and awarded medals and other items for their valor.
As their numbers dwindle, event organizers felt a sense of urgency to recognize them.
"Given that the veterans have a limited time with us, it was important, now more than ever, to show our appreciation and honor by having a brunch and a ceremony recognizing their accomplishment and recognizing the sacrifices that they made," explained Steven Schimmel, Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Cumberland, Gloucester & Salem Counties.
"Such an honor to be invited to an event where you're in the presence of real honest life heroes and we won't be able to do this much longer with WWII veterans," said Rep. Frank LoBiondo, (R) 2nd District.
Of the 16.1 million American veterans who fought in World War II, less than 1.7 million are still alive.
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