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If you are visiting my blog, expecting to see 'Toward a Progressive Catholic Church,' I have changed my title to reflect my wide assortment of interests. Having retired from my secular job, I hope to devote the rest of my life to my hobbies, ministries and perhaps a part-time job that makes good use of my communications skills. This blog will be designed to address my multi-faceted interests.

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I have an M.A. in Theology and an M.Div (Master of Divinity) from St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry. I am currently a media consultant and promoter of classical music. I am also certified as an officiant by the Federation of Christian Ministries for baptisms, weddings and funerals and minister independently of the Rochester Diocese. My life has encompassed many interesting paths: broadcasting, free-lance writing, video-production, music, ministry and a secular job in government. In addition to this blog, I have a YouTube site at www.youtube.com/priestray and I have a Facebook page.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Thanks to World War II Veterans

Dear Blog Visitors:

I want to begin by extending my gratitude to the multitudes of people who sent messages of sympathy to me following the death of my father, Sidney Grosswirth, on November 18.

My father was born while World War I was in progress. When it came time for America to join its allies in World War II, my father was unable to serve, due to a broken back he suffered in a serious car crash. However, he often talked about his friends who were able to serve.

As I listened to two Christmas classics a few days ago, namely "I'll Be Home for Christmas" and "White Christmas," I was reminded of the significance these songs had for soldiers and their families during World War II. As I reflected, thoughts of three of my father's friends immediately came to mind: Paul Roxin, Harold Wiesner and Chuck Snyder.

As Brenda and I were shopping at Eastview Mall a couple days ago, we noticed that Paul Roxin was autographing copies of a book he recently wrote, entitled 'One Foot On The Ground: A Pilot's Memoirs of Aviators & Aviation.' At age 93, Paul still has very vivid memories of his days in World War II. I was deeply touched at the message Paul wrote on the front page of my copy of his book: "To Ray, the son of a great father." Paul then related to me a very moving story about my father. (I am indeed very grateful that he and my father were good friends, beginning from their days as kids and lasting through their senior years.)

What follows are the front and back covers of Paul Roxin's book:





Harold Wiesner also grew up with my father and I remember him well. In addition to his distinguished service in World War II, Harold went on to become a well-respected lawyer in the Rochester area. Here is Harold's military photo:



Finally, I am also including a photo of Chuck Snyder. I didn't know Chuck, but his photo was included in an album my father saved for many years. Here is Chuck in his military uniform:



In conclusion, my thanks to Paul Roxin, Harold Wiesner and Chuck Snyder for their military service during World War II. While I continue to pray for world peace, I am likewise thankful to those in past generations who fought for the freedoms we enjoy today.

Peace to all,
Ray

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