Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray
Their etched names are faded, as are the once vivid Stars and Stripes. However, the three marble slabs located on the outside wall of Congregation Ahavath Sholom continue to pay tribute to “our boys” who served during World War I, 1914-1918.
The slabs are dated Nov. 11, 1920 to honor 81 of our local Jewish soldiers many of whom were ancestors of current members of our community. The slabs were originally one slab. It hung in the lobby of the Hebrew Institute, a downtown building that served as the Jewish Community Center until 1950. The Fort Worth Jewish Archives is commemorating the 100th anniversary of World War I by researching each soldier listed on the tablets. If you have photos, information or stories about any of these soldiers, please contact Hollace Weiner at 817-731-3685 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Submitted by Naomi Rosenfield