Monument in Holly Twp. salutes Jewish veterans

Holly Township monument salutes Jewish veterans.


In honoring Jewish military veterans with a stone monument at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly Township, local vets were sending a message.

“Jewish people have served in every war this country has fought,” Gerald Order, 65, commander of the Department of Michigan Jewish War Veterans, said at the unveiling today.

Organizer Stanley Eisenberg of Rose Township — a 75-year-old veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard who served during the Korean War — said the monument cost about $1,800 and was dedicated by the state’s Jewish War Veterans and Ladies Auxiliary.

The monument stands knee high, along a paved path with other memorials near a quiet tree-lined waterfront.

“It’s a place where we can come in prayer and thank God for everything he has given us, everything we have worked for, everything we have sacrificed our life for,” said Bernard Feldman, 77, of Southfield, a Korean War veteran who served in the Navy on the USS Smalley.

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