When I go to the community center in my town I always stop to look at the plaques on the wall that give honor to the veterans who are well known around town. When my Uncle Horace died, I knew that I wanted to find a place that makes custom Jewish bronze plaques in NJ so that I could put a really nice one on the wall at the community center. I knew that they would pay for one, but I felt that it would be best to donate one to them because of all the activities and other things they offer at a low cost to people in our city.
My uncle and I would often go to the community center on weekends when I was growing up. Sometimes we would go to Simply participate in a chess game or a card game with other people. Other times we would play table tennis or watch a movie with everyone else in the common area. After spending a couple of hours there, he would walk me home and then he would sit for a bit with my parents. These are some of my fondest memories with my uncle. He and I were very close from the time I was a small child all the way up to the point that I became an adult.
At some point, I found a job in another state and needed to move away. I couldn’t see my uncle as much, but we kept in touch often. I always spent time with him when I went back home, too. I credit him with a lot of my good sense, and I think he deserves to be honored as a vet with a plaque. Everyone I know loves him, and I don’t know what I would have done without him.