May 9, 2006, - 4:13 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Yesterday was an important day for a very important reason not covered much of anywhere: the dedication of the Battle of the Bulge Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. That battle was the last major German offensive of the war. To many, it is the greatest conflict in U.S. military history.
It is important that the contributions of the brave American men, who gave their lives in that battle, finally got their due recognition–especially as the veterans of that battle (and all of World War II) are dying out.
The memorial was made possible by the hard work of many people, but especially two great American men:
* Stan Wojtusik–then a 19-year-old Private First Class, who was forced to surrender to the Germans along with his entire regiment. Now an 80-year-old, the monument was his lifelong mission, for which he toiled tirelessly.
* Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ)–the conservative Congressman who is principled and a true patriot, he fought to make the memorial happen as then-Chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee. We know and like Chris Smith and wish he was our Congressman.
Kudos to Stan Wojtusik and Chris Smith for finally getting those heroic American men who fought at the Battle of the Bulge their due recognition after all of these years.
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