Obama at Arlington FOR GALLERY.
(photo credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
NEW YORK – Two New York politicians are heading up an effort to put up a plaque
at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia to honor Jewish chaplains who died in
the line of duty.
Arlington National Cemetery, America’s military
cemetery, currently has memorials honoring Protestant and Catholic chaplains who
died while in the service, as well as one for chaplains killed in World War I,
but has no commemoration of the 13 Jewish chaplains who died while serving in
the US Armed Forces in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
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chaplain memorials were erected by different groups of benefactors. A joint
congressional resolution sponsored by New York Rep. Anthony Weiner and New York
Sen. Charles Schumer calls for a new plaque, similar in size and style to
the other three, honoring the late Jewish chaplains. All Arlington
memorials require a joint concurrent resolution by Congress.
chaplains who served their country so honorably deserve this memorial, just like
those of other faiths,” Weiner said in a press release. “I believe there will be
strong support for this resolution in Congress and I look forward to the day
when I can stand with my colleagues and see this memorial unveiled at Arlington
The proposed bronze plaque mounted on a granite slab
would list the 13 names as well as a Jewish proverb – “I ask not for a lighter
burden, but for broader shoulders” – and an inscription with the Star of
Rabbi Harold Robinson, the director of the JWB Jewish Chaplains
Council and one of the leaders of the effort, told AP, “ßthis is a miracle of
American democracy and that’s not a miracle that one learns about by going to
Arlington National Cemetery.”