Battle of the Bulge – 77 Years, Avec Neige!

Today marks the 77th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Bulge. This was a special year, not because I visited (I didn’t), but because it snowed in Belgium. Last weekend 10cm of snow fell upon the Bulge areas, mimicking the snowy conditions seen around this time 77 years ago. The snow wasn’tContinue reading “Battle of the Bulge – 77 Years, Avec Neige!”

D-Day, Normandy and Beyond Website

I just wanted to share a wonderful resource for D-Day veterans stories, including Rocco’s! The D-Day, Normandy and Beyond website was started in 2000 by an acquaintance Rocco’s and was made in honor of the veterans and victims of WWII. Since then the site has grown exponentially, housing a wealth of information and first handContinue reading “D-Day, Normandy and Beyond Website”

Battle of the Bulge 76th Anniversary – A Reflection

DECEMBER 16 – Today marks the day the Battle of the Bulge officially started 76 years ago. Last year I had the great pleasure of visiting Belgium during the 75th Anniversary, visiting the sites and participating in the many festivites all in Rocco’s honor. Now just one year later, everything is quite different. There willContinue reading “Battle of the Bulge 76th Anniversary – A Reflection”

Battle of the Bulge – 1st Infantry Division’s Role in the Ardennes

On this day, December 16th, 1944 the German army launched a massive counteroffensive in eastern Belgium and northeastern France, creating a bulge in the Allied front lines. The Battle of the Bulge (or the Ardennes Counteroffensive) was the last major German offensive campaign during WWII. Beginning in mid-December 1944 and lasting through late-January 1945 theContinue reading “Battle of the Bulge – 1st Infantry Division’s Role in the Ardennes”

Battle of the Bulge Ended 75 Years Ago Today

Today marks the end of the Battle of the Bulge, exactly 75 years ago. The battle began on December 16, 1944 during one of the coldest winters in history. I had the pleasure of visiting Belgium and Luxembourg for a week in December to mark the beginning of the anniversary and I will elaborate onContinue reading “Battle of the Bulge Ended 75 Years Ago Today”

Street Renaming – Staff Sergeant Rocco Moretto Way

On Friday, October 18, 2019  the corner of 31st Avenue and 41st Street in Astoria was officially renamed “Staff Sergeant Rocco Moretto Way”, in a tribute honoring Rocco’s service to our nation as well as to the community of Astoria. Moretto, a longtime Astoria resident, died in August 2018 at 94. He was drafted in 1943 toContinue reading “Street Renaming – Staff Sergeant Rocco Moretto Way”

Staff Sergeant Rocco Moretto Way

Delighted to share some incredible news: 41st Street in Astoria, NY will officially be renamed SSgt Rocco Moretto Way. As many of you know,  Rocco was a  longtime resident of Astoria (69 years!), so this a great honor for the late World War II and D-Day veteran and his family. The street co-naming bill containing Staff Sergeant RoccoContinue reading “Staff Sergeant Rocco Moretto Way”