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November 11, 2019

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This is a heartfelt tribute to your Dad's service...it's very vivid as well. I 'pinched' the collage you had created in his memory..it's so striking to see his face and surrounding mementos!

Stacey—
There have been times in my life when I thought things were tough and I wondered how I would endure. You know those moments. Then I would think about this: infantrymen in the Battle of the Bulge, isolated, dug in against unknown odds, freezing their asses off in too-thin overcoats and worn combat boots, stewing in their own filth, eardrums aching from constant bombardment, knowing that a terrible enemy was trying very hard to annihilate them, not knowing if it would ever end or if this was the end, knowing only, as Raymond Gantter wrote, that "fear is slow and the beat of your heart is the only rapid rhythm of the night." And then I would know that whatever I was facing was nothing compared to what your father survived. So, thank you, Hyman Horowitz, and thank you, Stacey, for reminding us.

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