For quite a while, Judy and I I have been attending an annual program, sponsored by the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, entitled “National Commemoration of the Days of
Remembrance ” at the US Capitol, Washington, D.C. This program honors concentration camp survivors, and US Army Divisions that have been certified by the US Army
Center of of Military History as Liberating Divisions.
Every Remembrance program includes the following: Musical selection by the U.S. Army Band, remarks by the Chairman of the US Holocaust Museum, presentation of Division flags,
presentation of the Colors, singing of the National Anthem, retirement of the Colors, Greetings by well known speaker, remarks by Sara J. Bloomfield Museum, a Keynote Address
by a well known individual,(Past speakers have been President Obama,President George Bush, Colin Powell, Condoleeza Rice, and Senator Joseph Lieberman.
A memorial candle lighting by Holocaust survivors and popular politicians,Hebrew prayers, retirement of Division flags, and Recessional by the US Army Band.
Judy, my son Stan and his fiancée, Venla, ttended the most recent Commemoration program on April 16, 2015, at which the the Keynote address was delivered by his Excellency Gerard Araud,Ambassador of France to the US.
When the 42d Infantry Rainbow flag, passed by my group, we all saluted, and recall that the Rainbow division was certified as a liberator of the Dachau concentration camp on April
There were a few other Divisions also certified as liberators of the Dachau camp.
It is a well known fact that many veterans of the 42d Infantry Rainbow Division have passed over the Rainbow, and that many World War II veterans of other units have passed away.
During the liberation of the many concentration camps, every member of each Army division,was unable to enter a concentration camp–nevertheless,every member of every
liberating Division, was recognized as a concentration camp liberator.
I was a member of the 542d Field Artillery Battalion. When members of my battalion, including myself were on the way to Dachau, we were informed that due to a typhus
epidemic in Dachau, our group could not enter the camp.
During the Commemoration program, on April 16, 2015, a master of ceremonies announced, “WILL ALL MEMBERS OF LIBERATING DIVISIONS OF CONCENTRATION
CAMPS ,PLEASE STAND UP’, I STOOD UP!”–I EXPECTED THAT OTHER CONCENTRATION CAMP LIBERATORS WOULD JOIN ME, WHEN I STOOD UP.
UNFORTUNATELY, THE RESULT WAS, THAT I WAS THE ONLY CONCENTRATION CAMP LIBERATOR STANDING UP.
THIS MEMORY WILL ALWAYS REMAIN IN MY MIND.
I WAS ASKED TO TAKE A PICTURE WITH THE LARGE GROUP OF HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS.
THE APRIL 16, 2015 COMMEMORATION DAYS OF REMEMBRANCE PROGRAM WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.
MEMBER OF THE 542D FIELD ARTIL.LERY BATTALION, 42D INFANTRY RAINBOW DIVSION, PRESENT AT ACTIFACTION OF THIS DIVISION ON JULY 14, 1943,
AT CAMP GRUBER, OKLAHOMA
SERVED IN THE ARMY FROM MARCH 1943 TO APRIL 4, 1946