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”

Normandy: A Trip Years in the Making

Two months ago I had the pleasure of visiting Normandy for the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. It was a trip I’ve been meaning to take for a while now and frequently discussed it with Rocco. I visited France in March of 2016 but I never made it to Normandy, instead I decided to split timeContinue reading “Normandy: A Trip Years in the Making”