This Sunday, June 4, 2017, Wreaths Across America joins the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of New Jersey and Holocaust survivor Luna Kaufman in paying tribute to sculptor Nathan (Natan) Rapoport recognizing the thirtieth anniversary of his death.

Rapoport constructed the iconic Liberation statue as a testament to the deeds of ordinary Americans who freed Europe during World War II. The sculpture commemorates the liberation of thousands of people from Nazi concentration camps.

One of those who will be on hand for the ceremonies Sunday is Holocaust survivor Luna Kaufman who developed a lasting friendship with the sculptor.

Luna has shared her life's experiences with Wreaths Across America to help educate younger generations.

The Liberation sculpture symbolizes compassion and hope and it was the wish of Natan Rapoport that children would learn how the soldiers gave of themselves so that others could be free.

The celebration of Natan's life and works will begin at 11:00AM at Liberty State Park in New Jersey and Rapoport's daughter, Nina Wollmack will send a letter that will be shared during the service.

The Grand Master of Masons New Jersey, Dieter B. Hees and the Honorable Governor Thomas Kean will also take part in this celebration of life.

New Jersey Mason and Wreaths Across America Board Member David "Mel" Russen (middle) meets with World War II Liberator and fellow Mason Thurman Pace and Holocaust Survivor Luna Kaufman during an interview in 2016.

New Jersey Mason and Wreaths Across America Board Member David "Mel" Russen (middle) meets with World War II Liberator and fellow Mason Thurman Pace and Holocaust Survivor Luna Kaufman during an interview in 2016.

Directions to the Liberation Monument: Take New Jersey Turnpike, exit 14B Jersey City and follow signs to Liberty State Park.

 

 

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