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'September 11ths should assess and renew our defenses against Islamo-Fascism'- Daniel Greenfield

The dwindling number of ceremonies that commemorate the  jihadist attacks on NYC and Washington, September 11, 2001 typically focus as a memorial for victims: the first-responders among the nearly 3,000 Americans killed by the plane crashes. In the 16-years since the terror attacks, Islamist and leftist advocacy enterprises have shifted the focus away from the political Islam ("Islamism") motive of the al-Qaeda civilian attackers to terrorize Americans (and the on-looking world) to fear Islam and submit to it- religiously, culturally, and politically. Liberals intentionally conflate Islam and Islamism to make the criticizing of Islamism or Islamist politics (be they Islamist immigration into the West or the Muslim quest to liberate Jews from Israel - to rejoin a state of Muslim Palestine with the global Caliphate) as racist and taboo.

Not all Muslims are Islamist, but all Islamists are motivated by orthodox Islam- and to inhibit criticizing the Islamist movement to Islamize the world is to imperil the West's defenses to it. Westerners who came of age in the past 16-years are not commonly exposed to the motivations of the attackers. Manhattan journalist, Daniel Greenfield, who was affected by the 2001 attack, addresses the issue in a series of essays and exclusive interview he conducted with Democracy Broadcasting from the 9/11 Memorial Ceremony in Beverly Hills, California. 

"Everything I Needed to Know About Islam I Learned on 9/11  How September 11 made me what I am." by Daniel Greenfield, FrontPage Magazine, September 11, 2017 

Mr. Greenfield  reads from his essay in this interview, conducted in the 9/11 Memorial Garden in Beverly Hills, following the Beverly Hills Fire Department's 9/11 Memorial Ceremony at dusk. Article is excerpted below. 


 


"In the years since 2001, I have seen that look on the faces of countless leftists who ignore the stabbers shouting, “Allahu Akbar” in London or the terrorist declaring, "In the name of Allah, the merciful," among the bloody ruin of a gay nightclub in Orlando. Instead they focus on their mindless slogans.

“NO WAR,” “Stop Islamophobia” and “Refugees Welcome.” The world of the cardboard sign and the simple slogan is an easier and neater one than a sky filled with the ashes of the dead.

On September 11, some of us opened our eyes. Others closed them as hard as they could.

That Tuesday irrevocably divided my generation. Some joined the military, the police or became analysts. Others turned left-wing activists, volunteered as lawyers for terrorists or converted to Islam.

The passengers on Flight 93 who took the lead were in their thirties. But the two firefighters who made it to the 78th floor of the South Tower, Ronald Bucca, who did duty in Vietnam as a Green Beret, and Orio Palmer, a marathon runner, were in their forties. Those men and women had the most meaningful answers to the old question, “Where were you when it happened?” I was just one of countless people moving upstream away from Ground Zero.



The great lesson of that Tuesday morning was that it wasn’t over. It wasn’t over when we understood that we wouldn’t find anyone alive in that twisted mass of metal and death. It wasn’t over when the air began to clear. It wasn’t over when the President of the United States spoke. It wasn’t over when the planes began to fly again and the TV switched from non-stop coverage of the attacks and back to its regularly scheduled programming. It wasn’t over when we were told to mourn and move on.

It still isn’t over. After every attack, Boston, Orlando, San Bernardino, New York, Paris, Manchester, London, Barcelona, we are encouraged to mourn and move on. Bury the bodies, shed a tear and forget about
it. Terrible things happen. And we have to learn to accept them.


But Tuesday morning was not a random catastrophe. It did not go away because we went back to shopping. It did not go away with Hope and Change. Appeasing and forgetting only made it stronger.

Everything I needed to know about Islam, I learned on September 11. The details of the theology came later. I couldn’t quote the Koran while the sirens were wailing. But I learned the essential truth.  And so did you."

Mr. Greenfield assesses America's misplaced politically-correct reluctance to address Islamism and how it inhibits our cultural defense to Islamo-Fascist influence.


 

Read the rest of the article on The Point on FrontPage Magazine.

The Right 9/11 Memorial by Daniel Greenfield in The Point, Sept 11, 2017"The terrorists and the memorial-makers have a common purpose-- to make us forget what we are capable of. To drown us in our own pain and grief, to make us drink of the Lethe waters of reflecting pools until we forget who we are. The terrorists and the memorials have done their best to break us. But it is not in grief that we must remember the day. Grief is for the foregone conclusion. But though thousands upon thousands are lost-- we are not yet lost. And the war is not over.

The holes in the ground are not symbols of grief, or empty places in our hearts, they are open wounds inflicted on us by our enemies. Filling them with water will not change that, only anesthetize the pain of a fatal injury. To forget that is to sink into a mirage and die in delirium that we are recovering.

The attacks of September 11 are not a time for reflection, or personal remembrance, but a sharp reminder that we are bleeding. And we can only bleed for so long before we die. There are worse things out there than four hijacked planes used as missiles. There are actual missiles and suitcase nukes, nerve gas, toxins and whatever else can be dredged out of laboratories by Western trained researchers.

L.A.F.D holds 9/11 Memorial Service for Police, LAFD, and cadets

And even worse than these is the endless struggle, the constant waiting for another attack, the security measures meant to keep us safe while imprisoning us in our own security, the waiting for the day when an attack succeeds. The day we die.



September 11 is not the day we cry, it is the day we get angry. It is the day we remember who our killers were, how many have been lost, and how little has been done to bring down the ideology responsible as completely as they brought the towers down. It is the day we remember not to forget. It is the day we remember that the war has just begun and that until it ends, there can be no comfort or solace. The fight goes on."

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September 11 commemorations recognize victims & rescuers- but who's educating about the objectives of Islamic imperialists?

FDNY Asst Chief Gerard A. Barbara looks up at
the burning towers of the World Trade Center on
September 11, 2001. Moments later he would go
in, never to return. (Photo by David Handschuh)
Outside the NY/NJ metropolitan area, commemorations of the Islamist attacks against Americans on September 11, 2001 are few and far between. Most focus on the firefighters and first-responders lost in the attacks. But where is the teaching opportunity, 16-years later, of the Islamist imperialism the West must defend itself against?


Trump Makes Proclamations Ahead of 9/11 Anniversary
Declares three days of prayer and remembrance ahead of 16th anniversary
BY: Jack Heretik in Free Beacon, Sept 8th

In observance of the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, President Donald Trump has declared Friday through Sunday of this week to be "Days of Prayer and Remembrance," and Monday to be "Patriot Day."

A revealing conversation with L.A. millenial actress, Grace Bannon, visiting the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center in 2014- about what her generation has been taught about jihadism- and what the 9/11 Memorial Museum teaches (or doesn't) about the threats against democracy from it.
 


"During National Days of Prayer and Remembrance, our Nation recalls the nearly 3,000 innocent people murdered on September 11, 2001. As we reflect on our sorrow and our grief, we come together to pray for those who lost loved ones," Trump said. "As a Nation, we pray that the love of God and the comfort of knowing that those who perished are forever remembered brings them peace and gives them courage."In Trump's declaration that Friday through Sunday be dedicated to prayer and remembrance of those who died in the attacks, the president referred to the "Survivor Tree" at the World Trade Center site in Manhattan.
The Survivor Tree, November 2001
The Survivor Tree,  a Callery pear tree, was discovered in the days following the attacks with "snapped roots and burned and broken branches," according to the memorial website. The tree was placed in the care of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, rehabilitated, and later returned to the memorial in 2010.

Monday, Sept. 11, in accordance with a 2001 law, will be Patriot Day in tribute to those who died in the attacks, and also to first responders and members of the American armed forces. (source)
New York Daily News staff photographer David Handschuh (who photographed Asst. Chief Barbara above) is carried from World Trade Center site after his leg was shattered by falling debris while he was photographing the terrorist attack. (Photo by Todd Maisel/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
DemoCast reported on Kevin Dornan's documentary, Liberty, Courage and Hope, which explores the life of a NYC fireman killed by the al-Qaeda attack on the World Trade Center - as an example of the many patriots whose lives were taken by Islamic imperialism.

Former Muslim, Nonie Darwish, explains that, contrary to multicultural apologists' claims, Islamic theology Inspires Muslims to terrorize infidels into conversion or subjugation under Muslim socio-political rule.
 


PATRIOT DAY, 2017
 - - - - - - -
A PROCLAMATION BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
On Patriot Day, we honor the nearly 3,000 innocent lives taken from us on September 11, 2001, and all of those who so nobly aided their fellow citizens in America's time of need.  We rededicate ourselves to the ideals that define our country and unite us as one, as we commemorate all the heroes who lost their lives saving others.
 


September 11, 2001, will forever be one of the most tragic days in American history.  Through the unimaginable despair, however, ordinary Americans etched into our history remarkable illustrations of bravery, of sacrifice for one another, and of dedication to our shared values.  The shock from the indelible images of the smoke rising from the World Trade Center and Pentagon gave way to countless inspiring videos of co-workers helping one another to safety; of heroes running into collapsing buildings to save the innocent people trapped within; and to the unforgettable story of the patriots who charged the cockpit of Flight 93 to save untold numbers of lives.  These heroes moved us with their bravery.  They make us proud to be Americans. 
 


Throughout history, everyday Americans and first responders have done the extraordinary through selfless acts of patriotism, compassion, and uncommon courage.  Not just in New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, but across our great Nation, Americans on September 11, 2001, bound themselves together for the common good, saying with one voice that we will be neither scared nor defeated.  The enemy attempted to tear at the fabric of our society by destroying our buildings and murdering our innocent, but our strength has not and will not waiver.  Americans today remain steadfast in our commitment to liberty, to human dignity, and to one another.  
 
It has been 16 years since the tragedy of September 11, 2001.  Children who lost their parents on that day are now parents of their own, while many teenagers currently in high school learn about September 11th only from their history books.  Yet all Americans are imbued with the same commitment to cause and love of their fellow citizens as everyone who lived through that dark day.  We will never forget.  The events of September 11, 2001, did not defeat us.  They did not rattle us.  They, instead, have rallied us, as leaders of the civilized world, to defeat an evil ideology that preys on innocents and knows nothing but violence and destruction.  
 
On this anniversary, I invite all Americans to thank our Nation's incredible service members and first responders, who are on the front lines of our fight against terrorism.  We will always remember the sacrifices made in defense of our people, our country, and our freedom.  The spirit of service and self sacrifice that Americans so nobly demonstrated on September 11, 2001, is evident in the incredible response to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.  The same spirit of American patriotism we movingly witnessed on September 11th has filled our hearts as we again see the unflinching courage, compassion, and generosity of Americans for their neighbors and countrymen.  The service members and first responders who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, and in the years of service since would be proud of what we have all witnessed over these last three weeks and what will undoubtedly unfold in the coming months of recovery.  By protecting those in need, by taking part in acts of charity, service, and compassion, and by giving back to our communities and country, we honor those who gave their lives on and after September 11, 2001.
 
By a joint resolution approved December 18, 2001 (Public Law 107-89), the Congress has designated September 11 of each year as "Patriot Day." 
 
NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim September 11, 2017, as Patriot Day.  I call upon all departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the United States to display the flag of the United States at half-staff on Patriot Day in honor of the individuals who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.  I invite the Governors of the United States and its territories and interested organizations and individuals to join in this observance.  I call upon the people of the United States to participate in community service in honor of those our Nation lost, to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities, including remembrance services, and to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time to honor the innocent victims who perished as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
 
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this eighth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second.
    
 



L.A. Fleet Week sailors and Marines welcomed by San Pedro, targeted by Islamo-Marxists

Equip Operator 3rd Class Bryanna Middleton, from Naval Mobile
Construction Battalion Five, poses for a picture with a child
during the second annual Los Angeles Fleet Week. (US Navy photo by
Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Adam Henderson/Released)
LOS ANGELES (Sep. 01, 2017) LA Fleet Week is an opportunity for the public to meet their Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard teams and experience America's sea services. During fleet week, service members will participate in various community service events, showcase capabilities and equipment to the community and enjoy the hospitality that Los Angeles and surrounding areas have to offer. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Adam Henderson/Released)

Downtown San Pedro Business Development District hosted a Welcome Party Wednesday for the kickoff of 2nd Annual Fleet Week at the Port of L.A. City official, Ms. Lorena Parker, describes their initiative in this video news report. The San Pedro Property Owners' Alliance welcomed the sailors and Marines, with nostalgic and patriotic musical theater entertainment from The Satin Dollz.

 

The ships participating in Fleet Week, which runs through Labor Day Monday, are the US Navy minesweeper USS Scout; the amphibious vessel USS Anchorage; the destroyer USS Dewey; Royal Canadian Navy Frigate HMCS Ottawa; and the US Coast Guard Cutter CGC Active. See http://LAFleetWeek.org for more info.

Socialist-activists associated with Code:Pink solicited for the promenading crew-members to attend the week-long, anti-military protest running alongside the event, which they call L.A. Harbor Peace Week.

 

Ms. Rachel Bruhnke, was soliciting US Marines and Navy crew-members (female and male) at the San Pedro Naval Fleet-Week Welcome Night to attend a series of pacifist social events she is involved in hosting to subvert the crew-members' commitment to their job, team, mission, and purpose. Might they turn one or more crewmembers to sabotage their technology or their crew-members or superiors' orders? Ms. Bruhnke claims to be anti-imperialist, but undermines America's defense against Communist and Islamist imperialism. How much does she support such imperialism and the totalitarianism which accompanies Islamo-Marxism?  Code:Pink's LA Harbor Peace Week- peace through surrender? Ms. Bruhnke is a member of Witness for Peace Southwest, a co-sponsor of the LA Harbor Peace Week over the Labor Day weekend which events are co-sponsored by Occupy Torrance/SouthBay and the MLK Coalition.  

Islamic imperialism has targeted America and Europe since the late 1700's. President Thomas Jefferson's steps to thwart Muslim Barbary Pirates ransoming their captured, "infidel" US sailors from slavery was dramatized in the 1950 movie, "Tripoli," from which the "Marine Hymn" gets it's lyrics "to the shores of Tripoli." The original "leathernecks" uniform was instituted to resist Muslim beheading of American seamen in defensive battle even then.
    
 



Heroes of Conscience Awards winners revitalize the true "resistance"- to Islamo-Marxism

Holland's Geert Wilders and David Horowitz at AFA Awards
Dutch Parliamentarian Geert Wilders, visiting Los Angeles to accept an American Freedom Alliance's Hero of Conscience Award, expresses optimism that support for patriotic candidates is growing, albeit more slowly than needed to protect cities from Islamic immigration and terrorism. He joined American recipients, David Horowitz of the Freedom Center and Philip Haney, former Dept. of Homeland Security whistleblower author, "See Something, Do Nothing" at a ceremony in North Hollywood in late May, 2017.

 

Geert Wilders accepts an American Freedom Alliance's Heroes of Conscience Award with a firebrand speech: 'We must not be silent, we shall not cease! The Islamic revolution is a threat to liberal Judeo-Christian western culture which we must stamp-out!' MP Wilders is the founder and leader of the Party for Freedom (Partij voor de Vrijheid – PVV) and goes into detail on steps he wishes people insist their government representatives take to keep them free and safe.

 

Reformed Leftist, David Horowitz, accepts Hero of Conscience Award from American Freedom Alliance

 

1970's liberal turned conservative, David Horowitz, writes his own books and runs website, FrontPage Magazine, chronicling the patriotic resistance to Leftist, identity politics and cultural Marxism. Watch his acceptance speech of the Hero of Conscience Award from the American Freedom Alliance in L.A. 21 May '17.

Dept. of Homeland Security patriot, Philip Haney, discusses receiving the American Freedom Award for exposing former Pres. Barack Hussein Obama's duplicity in counter-terrorism management.

 

Author, Philip Haney, who elucidated in his book "See Something, Do Nothing" how Obama had his administration force his demotion after complaining about Obama's managers deleting thousands of Dept. of Homeland intelligence records on Islamism in the U.S. and their international networks.
 

Daniel and Elana Greenfield speak with AFA's Olga Matlin
AFA Exec Dir Karen Siegemund and Jim Simpson in bkgd
American political analyst, Daniel Greenfield, reflects on American Freedom Alliance's Heroes of Conscience Awards event. He comments on Pres. Donald Trump's Middle East efforts to put Saudi Arabia on notice to reign-in their imperialistic extremist movement through international mosques and madrassas. He addresses continued, misplaced Jewish-establishment criticism of Pres. Trump and David Horowitz.

 
    
 


Portrait honors discriminated war-hero, Ted Rubin, at Long Beach V.A. Medical Center renaming

Calif Jewish War Veterans Cmdr Greg Lee at Long Beach V.A.

Greg Lee, California commander of the Jewish War Veterans, initiated an effort for Holocaust-survivor-turned Korean War Veteran, Tibor ("Ted") Rubin.  Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA-47) championed the initiative to obtain government ratification and enactment.


Pres.Bush bestowed Medal of Honor to Tibor Rubin in 2005
Mr. Lee told us, "It's a great honor for, not only the Jewish War Veterans and Tibor Rubin, it's a great honor for California, Garden Grove- his home town, and the city of Long Beach to have a US government facility of this magnitude and stature named for a resident of the community."

Excerpted from "Long Beach VA hospital renamed after Holocaust survivor, war hero. Local artist-veteran honors Tibor Rubin with portrait for new facility" bwritten by Cory Bilicko, Managing Editor, Signal Tribune May 11, 2017

55-years after the Korean War, Tibor Rubin finally received his Medal-of-Honor

It literally took an act of Congress, but the hospital at the Long Beach Veterans Administration is now the Tibor Rubin VA Medical Center, in honor of the late Holocaust survivor and Medal of Honor recipient.
Tibor's son Frank (in cap) and Rosie (red dress)
in front-row of Long Beach renaming ceremony.
Tibor's wife, Yvonne, wife is reportedly to frail to attend.

The local VA hosted a renaming ceremony Wednesday morning to honor the Jewish– and previously unsung– foreign-born hero who would eventually step up to serve in the US Army.

Born in Hungary in 1929, Rubin, as a teenager, would endure 14 months in the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria during World War II. His parents and younger sister were killed, but he was among those whom the US Army eventually liberated on May 5, 1945.


That rescue inspired Rubin to enlist in the US Army, and he was eventually deployed in 1950 as a member of the 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division as a rifleman during the Korean War.

 



Despite facing religious discrimination from a sergeant who sent him on the most dangerous assignments and then withheld his commendation, Rubin fought “valiantly in several notable engagements,” according to the office of Congressmember Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), who introduced legislation last year to rename the VA center in Rubin’s name.


Rep. Alan Lowenthal addressing ceremony
Eleven years before Lowenthal’s effort to honor Rubin, President George W. Bush had honored him with the Medal of Honor, saying that “Rubin’s many acts of courage during the Korean War saved the lives of hundreds of his fellow soldiers.”

Among Rubin’s engagements that eventually earned him posthumous recognition was his enabling the complete withdrawal of his fellow soldiers by alone defending a hill under an assault by North Korean troops. While his regiment retreated to the Pusan Perimeter, Rubin stood alone and protected the Taegu-Pusan road from attacking forces and maintained his position for 24 hours, slowing enemy advance and allowing for the regiment’s successful withdrawal.


“One night near the Pusan Perimeter, Corporal Rubin had been assigned to hold a hill that was essential to the 3rd Battalion safe withdrawal,” Bush said in his speech. “For 24 hours, this lone rifleman would defend the hill against an overwhelming number of North Korean forces. By his actions, Corporal Rubin inflicted heavy casualties on the enemy, saved the lives of countless soldiers, and gave the unit time to withdraw.”


Bush continued with another of Rubin’s heroic acts.


“When Corporal Rubin’s battalion found itself ambushed by thousands of Chinese troops, the Americans’ firepower soon dwindled to a single machine gun,” Bush said. “The weapon was in an exposed position and three soldiers had already died manning it. That was when Corporal Rubin stepped forward. He fought until his ammunition was gone… He risked his life that day to protect his fellow American soldiers, and his heroism helped many of them escape.”


On another assignment, after being seriously injured and captured, Rubin was held in a prisoner-of-war camp, where he risked personal safety to sneak out at night in search of food for his fellow prisoners. He would later be credited for saving the lives of as many as 40 of his comrades.


Rubin’s army service ended in July 1953, and he became a US citizen about a year later. Watch an original video of the Long Beach VA Medical Center's renaming and portrait unveiling ceremony attended by many hospital and community lauders of Corporal Rubin.



 

Rabbi Moshe Engel and wife behind posing
Frank Rubin and Rep. Alan Lowenthal

Rabbi Moishe Engel also spoke at the event, saying Rubin’s self-sacrifice proved him worthy of the great honor that came much later in his life.  “His comrades recommended he receive the Congressional Medal of Honor for his bravery and his dedication to his comrades in arms,” Rabbi Engel said. 

“The sergeant’s response was, ‘No Jew will ever receive this honor under my watch.’ His risking his life again and again for his fellow soldiers went unrecognized. Many of the soldiers whose lives he had saved, as well as the Jewish war veterans, were on a campaign for America to recognize this hero. And, so, in 2005, 55 years after the Korean War, he received his due– the Congressional Medal of Honor. President Bush acknowledged at his presentation that it was due to prejudice that he received this honor 55 years late.”
V.A. Med Center chief Walt Dannenberg unveils
Wavell-Smith's portrait of Tibor Rubin

At the culmination of the ceremony, a portrait created by artist Stewart Wavell-Smith was unveiled. The painting shows Rubin wearing his Medal of Honor, in front of the VA Medical Center that will now bear his name.In an email to the Signal Tribune this week, Wavell-Smith explained the connection he felt to Rubin. He said that, at 19, he had visited the concentration camp where Rubin was interred, and that experience has stayed with him through the years. Also, like Rubin, Wavell-Smith himself had received treatment at the Long Beach VA.
Stewart and Walt present renamed hospital portrait
to Tibor's children, Frank and Rosie

“In researching Tibor, and him surviving that death camp, I was moved to thank him by painting him and the place of healing that saved my life in 2015,” the artist said. “This small token of my appreciation to Long Beach VA and being able to honor Tibor has been a blessing. Since 1965, I have had the honor to serve my country through my God-given gift.”

Wavell-Smith’s portrait– a two-foot-by-three-foot acrylic painting titled “Shalom Tibor”– will reside in the restored lobby of the medical center upon completion of a construction project to seismically retrofit and upgrade the building.
The Tibor Rubin portrait will hang once in the lobby remodeling
is completed in the next few months

The artist-veteran also has the distinction of having his work on display in one of the nation’s most important buildings.

Artist, Stewart Wavell-Smith shared his feelings on his patriotic portraiture before he left the event. 

 


“I also have had the honor to recognize young Americans in a mural that resides on the fifth floor on ‘A’ ring between corridors 1 and 10 in the Pentagon in Washington DC, that is called ‘Operation Enduring Freedom,’” Wavell-Smith said. “A reproduction of the mural resides near the emergency entrance of the [Long Beach VA] medical center. I feel very fortunate that I can thank Tibor and the VA Medical Center at the same time.”




JWV national commander Col. (ret.) Carl Singer is presented a copy of
Mr. Wavell-Smith's portrait of Tibor Rubin by Walt Dannenberg
After the war, Tibor moved to Long Beach, married Yvonne and had two children, Frank and Rosie. He became a butcher but found it difficult to continue because of war injuries. He then worked at a liquor store owned by his brother, Emery, and later became a partner. Rubin and his family eventually settled in Garden Grove.

In early December of last year, Lowenthal’s bill, H.R. 6323, garnered the support and backing of the entire 53-member California House delegation. California’s two senators, Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, also supported the renaming effort, along with numerous veterans groups in California, including the American Legion, AMVETS, Disabled American Veterans, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Jewish War Veterans of the USA and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.


On Dec. 16, 2016, President Barack Obama signed the legislation into law.


At Wednesday’s renaming ceremony at the Long Beach VA, Lowenthal spoke, not only about Rubin’s achievements, but also about his personality.



 

“He brought so much joy to so many people,” Lowenthal said. “He had a great sense of humor. A man that moved through life with a strength and character that everyone around him recognized, despite the adversities and the horrors that he lived through, he did not let that darkness dim his character. That’s not who he was. He refused to let it define him.”

Mr. Wavell-Smith credits
Long Beach V.A.Medical Center
staff with saving his heart
In an email to the Signal Tribune this week, Stewart Wavell-Smith explained the connection he felt to Rubin. He said that, at 19, he had visited the concentration camp where Rubin was interred, and that experience has stayed with him through the years. Also, like Rubin, Wavell-Smith himself had received treatment at the Long Beach VA.

“In researching Tibor, and him surviving that death camp, I was moved to thank him by painting him and the place of healing that saved my life in 2015,” the artist said. “This small token of my appreciation to Long Beach VA and being able to honor Tibor has been a blessing. Since 1965, I have had the honor to serve my country through my God-given gift.”


Wavell-Smith’s portrait– a two-foot-by-three-foot acrylic painting titled “Shalom Tibor”– will reside in the restored lobby of the medical center upon completion of a construction project to seismically retrofit and upgrade the building.


The artist-veteran also has the distinction of having his work on display in one of the nation’s most important buildings.

“I also have had the honor to recognize young Americans in a mural that resides on the fifth floor on ‘A’ ring between corridors 1 and 10 in the Pentagon in Washington DC, that is called ‘Operation Enduring Freedom,’” Wavell-Smith said. “A reproduction of the mural resides near the emergency entrance of the [Long Beach VA] medical center. I feel very fortunate that I can thank Tibor and the VA Medical Center at the same time.”


Only two other V.A. Hospitals bear the names of Jewish-Americans, but Long Beach is the first to recognize one of the many Holocaust survivors who served in the American military. 

Of the estimated 100,000 Holocaust survivors in the U.S., a reported one-third of them live beneath the poverty level. 


Calif JWV Cmdr Greg Lee backed by actor Kevin Dobson and others wave
their post's banner following holiday parade participation in Los Angeles
JWV deputy commander Chuck Ashman is producing a documentary on Tibor Rubin, "True Honor," to benefit the Jewish War Veterans, America's oldest veteran's benevolent organization, founded for the purpose of upholding the recognition and welfare of Jewish-American veterans in 1896 who fought in  the Civil War.

 

Mr. Ashman is also organizing a Screen Actors Guild tribute to veterans at Hollywood's Palace Theater, on the 17th of June. Invited celebrities include Gary Sinese and Jon Voight.

    
 


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