Memorial Service Honoring Soldiers Lost During Wartime
On Sunday, May 20, 2012, 10:30 A.M, B’nai B’rith will hold their annual Memorial Service at the Robert S. Kraft Memorial Garden in the Covedale Cemetery (Sidney Road near Anderson Ferry). This Memorial Service is held in memory of the servicemen of the Jewish faith from the Greater Cincinnati area, who made the ultimate sacrifice for our Country while serving overseas in the U.S. Armed Forces. The program is presented by B’nai B’rith of Greater Cincinnati Alfred M. Cohen Unit #4. Family members of the honored and former members of the Armed Forces, for the 69th year, all held at this location, will participate in this program.
As Keynote speakers, we are honored to have State Senator Bill Seitz of the Ohio 8th District. Representing the Military this year, we are proud to have Capt. Leonard, Operations Flight Commander of the Air Force ROTC Unit at University of Cincinnati, who will speak on the life of soldiers in today’s military. The Color Guard from his unit will be presenting colors and will fly the American Flag which had been flown over Afghanistan on March 26, 2002 during a combat mission by LTC Robert H. Epstein, USAF, a son of a local B’nai B’rith leader.
The War Memorial, established at this location and dedicated October 14, 1945, to the memory of our valiant servicemen, involved the joint efforts of various leaders in the Jewish community, including Louis Weiland. Uncle Lou Weiland, as everyone referred to him, served as the original chairman of the War Memorial Committee, and as chairman of this event, every year from its inception, until he passed away in July, 1982. The late Judge Robert S. Kraft and Jack Landman then took over as co-chairmen until 1993. The program this year again is being co-chaired by Harvey Chyette and Elaine Owen of B’nai B’rith of Greater Cincinnati Unit #4.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend and participate in this Service of remembrance which is the only one of its kind in the entire community. In the event of inclement weather, tents will be used.
For a downloadable flyer of the event, please click here.