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”

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”

70th Anniversary of V-E Day

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, RoccoContinue reading “70th Anniversary of V-E Day”

Battle of The Bulge – 70th Anniversary

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 theContinue reading “Battle of The Bulge – 70th Anniversary”

Army Birthday Gala

On Thursday June 12, 2014, Rocco attended the Army Birthday Gala in New York City during Army Week.  The Army celebrates it’s 239th Birthday today.  To celebrate, Rocco helped to cut the Birthday cake with U.S. Army Chief of Staff, Gen. Ray Odierno and Pfc. Louis Angelici.