- The Washington Times - Monday, March 18, 2002

Patriotism added flavor to Washington's annual St. Patrick's Day parade yesterday as veterans, military, police and firefighters marched with families of September 11 and anthrax victims to honor the holiday and remember the nation's losses.
Battle of the Bulge veteran Robert Gable, 78, who captured 47 enemy soldiers in World War II, said the parade this year has taken on a new significance because of September 11 and the war on terrorism.
"I know what they are going through," the recipient of a Bronze Star said of the soldiers serving in Afghanistan. "I praise them for what they are doing.
"It's important that we get young people to know what the Battle of the Bulge was," he added, referring to the reason behind his participation in the parade. "People forget."
But no one forgot yesterday. Thousands of locals lined the wet parade route down Constitution Avenue clapping, cheering and yelling "thank you" to a half-dozen veterans from the Battle of the Bulge.
The veterans, carrying a banner, saluted back.
Irish and Irish-American dancers and bagpipers celebrated their heritage decked out in green. Others without Celtic roots felt welcome, too.
"My Irish friend talked me into participating," said veteran Edward Radzwich. "I'm Ukrainian."
Carl Morano, 78, of McLean marched with pride next to an army jeep carrying his wife, Leonore, and his 6-year-old grandchild, Stephen Jones.
"I didn't come here to ride," said the practicing lawyer who does almost 2,000 push-ups daily. "I came here to march."
Mr. Morano enlisted in World War II to "avenge" the death of his best friend's brother, who was killed in Europe. A stint at The Citadel led to a request to see combat, and he was shipped to Europe three months after D-Day. Soon after, he was wounded but recovered to fight in what is considered the biggest land battle in American history the Battle of the Bulge. He returned to the United States with five siblings who served in the war.
The spry ex-soldier with a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star said he had avoided reunions or anything to do with the war for decades but had a change of heart a few years ago.
"I just wanted to forget war and get on with my life," he said. "I lost friends. I saw too much death. Now I just want to remember."
So did the families of Bertie Backus Middle School teacher Sarah Clark and U.S. Postal Service employee Joseph Curseen, who marched in the parade as an announcer commemorated the sacrifices of the two.
Mrs. Clark, 65, two other D.C. teachers and three students died when their hijacked airplane crashed into the Pentagon. Mr. Curseen, 47, of Clinton, died after coming into contact with mail contaminated by anthrax at the Brentwood mail-processing facility in Northeast.
Hands crossed over hearts as the victims' names were read. "We'll remember you," yelled one spectator. "All of you."


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