Sunday morning, the Springfield Jewish War Veterans Post 26 held its annual Memorial Day ceremony.
The group read the names of its members who have died in the past year, as well as the names of the 50 Jewish service men and women who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The post's commander said the Jewish War Veterans serves an important purpose in honoring the past.
"There was some controversy that started sometime during the Civil War, or shortly after, that Jewish men and women did not serve in the military, did not fight," said Stanley Light. "To dispel that, Jewish veterans gathered together and formed our organization."
Sunday's event was held inside the Jewish Community Center.
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