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Jewish War Veterans honored Tuesday night in Savannah

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Around 30 Jewish War Veterans were honored Tuesday night in Savannah.

The event was the first of its kind in our area.

People gathered at the Jewish Educational Alliance building on Abercorn Street to listen to several featured speakers and share their memories. The event was specially held to not only honor our veterans, but also to commemorate the 120th anniversary of the Jewish War Veterans Organization.
Founded on this date in 1896, it was the first veteran’s organization, and was named the Hebrew Veterans Association. That name changed to the Jewish War Veterans in 1924.

"As diverse as our nation is and the diversity that feeds our armed forces, I'm here to recognize and acknowledge and show our upmost respect and appreciation,” said Cdr. Col. Jeffrey Becker, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd ID.

"We were founded basically because there was a persistent rumor that Jews did not serve in the Civil War. But in fact 7,000 Jews served in the Union Army and about 3,000 in the Confederate Army,” said Cdr. Frank Katz, Jewish War Veterans, Post 320.

Seven Jewish Union soldiers received the Medal of Honor after the Civil War.

For more information on the Jewish War Veterans Organization, click here. 

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