To the editor:
Two obituaries in the Naples, Fla., Daily News on March 2 started me thinking about writing this letter.
The first obit was Stanislaw Blazewski, who died at age 92, a decorated World War II veteran. He was born in Poland and in 1940 he perilously escaped from German-occupied Poland, skiing over the Carpathian Mountains to join the Polish Army. He join the underground forces, where he helped do much damage to the Nazi forces - it was a very long obit. On the same day was the obit of Abe Price, age 91 - a Holocaust survivor who lost his family to the ovens. In his later years, Abe started the Holocaust Museum in Collier County. Over the years Abe has been an outstanding speaker to young children in schools statewide. One sentence summed it up. Some 1.5 million children were struck down without pity. And his comment was my prayers were not answered. My dreams not fulfilled, after the war ended, I hoped to be the Judge, Jury, and Executioner of the Nazi Murderers known to me. A extremely long obituary.
Two weeks after these obituaries appeared, I attended a showing at the Naples airport of three WW II vintage airplanes. A P-51 Mustang Fighter; the only flying B-17 bomber, known as the Flying Fortress and a B-24 Liberator. It’s amazing how small the 17 was, very narrow catway so I passed taking the tour. I did walk under the bomb bay and saw the bombs in their racks. This airplane destroyed many German installations and helped bring an end to the European War. It was interesting watching the many older veterans with their grandchildren, probably great-grandchildren, telling them about flying these planes during the war. I don’t know how many of our plane crews were lost defeating the Nazis, but there were many.
After the obits appeared, I was sitting out on our lanai reading when I heard this terrific airplane engine noise and looking up saw a B-29 flying across our complex on final to the Naples airport. The B-29 was the plane that ended WW II, dropping the bombs on Japan. The next day I went down to see the plane with a huge crowd.
This Memorial Day we need to remember that six million Jews died at the hands of the Nazis. The many Americans who gave their lives and those who carried wounds the rest of their lives. Many of those brave souls are gone now and those remaining are quite elderly and deserve our Thanks and Prayers. As you walk among the cemeteries this Memorial Weekend, you will see many grave Flags honoring our Veterans. Remember their sacrifice, for they are the ones allowing us to live in this Great Country in Peace.
Peace be with you.