May 25, 2015 – Rocco, along with veteran Brian Adam Jones, represented United War Veterans Council on Fox5News (NY) with Ernie Anastos on Memorial Day (May 25). On the 6:00 news, Anastos interviewed both Moretto and Jones, asking about their personal experiences with war and how they cope with losing comrades. Moretto fought in World War II and Jones fought in the war in Afghanistan.
Rocco said Anastos was extremely personable and talked to him for an hour off-camera. Rocco had a great experience being in the Fox5 Studio in NYC.
This May 8 will mark the 70th Anniversary of V-E Day, the day Allied forces declared victory in Europe, signifying the official end of World War II (May 8, 1945). The Czech Republic recognizes this day as Liberation Day – the day they were liberated from Nazi Germany. Towards the end of the war in 1945, Rocco was stationed in Kraslice, CZ (formerly known as Graslitz when it was occupied by Germany) where he was in charge of a POW and displaced persons camp.
Kraslice, which is located in the Karlovy Vary region, is getting ready to celebrate the 70th anniversary of World War II and their liberation from Germany. The town is organizing a two-day commemoration of the event with festivities, including a military vehicle convoy, fireworks, and a historical exhibition featuring pictures and stories from the war. Rocco’s picture and video account of his time in Kraslice will be part of the exhibit, which runs through May 12. Rocco was invited by the Mayor of Kraslice to visit the town in observance of the celebration, but since he will be unable to travel his granddaughter will go in his place.
For more information and a schedule of events, please visit www.kraslice.cz
Today marks the 70th Anniversary of the end of the World War II battle that was fought in Belgium and Luxembourg from December 1944 through January 1945. On December 16, with the onset of winter, the German army launched a counteroffensive that was intended to cut through the Allied forces in a manner that would turn the tide of the war in Hitler’s favor. The battle that ensued is known historically as The Battle of the Bulge (army.mil). Continue reading “Battle of The Bulge – 70th Anniversary”→
On June 6, 2014, Rocco was honored on the 70th Anniversary of D-Day at the Veteran of Foreign Wars Post that bears his name. Family, friends and members of the Post gathered to celebrate his military service during World War II and in D-Day. Rocco was presented with a portrait of his 1944 war photo, which now hangs proudly at the Post. He was also awarded with three proclamations. In addition to the 70th Anniversary, Rocco celebrated his 90th Birthday, complete with cake and champagne. Continue reading “Rocco Moretto Honored on the 70th Anniversary of D-Day”→