This Memorial Day let us take time from our family gatherings, trips to the beach, and community activities to reflect on the sacrifices made over the generations by the men and women who so nobly served in our armed forces and to those who gave their lives for our country.
Today, May 31, 2010, I remember my uncle, the man for whom I am named, Stanley Goldblum. My uncle Stanley served in the U.S. Army and was killed on May 28, 1944 in the battle of Rome. He is buried at the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery located in the town of Nettuno, Italy, which is immediately east of Anzio – a major beachhead for the Italian campaign, and south of Rome. He was from Queens, New York City – he loved his country, believed that we had to stop the Germans, he loved his family (I have been reading his letters to my mom), and he loved life.
The sacrifices of our servicemen and women can never be fully understood by those of us who have never served – we owe them our respect and gratitude.
May this Memorial Day find the members of our armed forces both here at home and around the world safe.