Staff Sergeant Andrew Ropel, U.S. Army. Staff Sergeant Ropel of the 10th Mountain Division was among the first American soldiers to see combat in Afghanistan in the war against terrorism. SSG Ropel earned a Bronze Star Medal with valor device in the battle of Shahi Khot Valley, Afghanistan, fought on March 2, 2002. SSG Ropel was born in Poland and moved to the United States when he was twenty-three years old.
Marla Bennett. Marla Bennett was a 24 year-old student at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies and was at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, when she was killed by terrorists who detonated a bomb in the school’s cafeteria on July 31, 2002. Linda and Michael Bennett, Marla’s parents, will join us for the Concert.
Chief Charles A. Moose. As Chief of Police of Montgomery County Department of Police, Chief Moose lead the Sniper Investigation Task Force which successfully ended the shooting rampage that terrorized Maryland, the District of Columbia and Virginia for three weeks. In honoring Chief Moose, ADL will recognize the countless law enforcement professionals of the federal, state and local agencies who worked with such dedication to bring the perpetrators to justice and protect the citizens of our region.
Lauren and Greg Manning. Lauren Manning, a partner at Cantor Fitzgerald, was severely burned on the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. In his inspiring bestseller, LOVE, GREG & LAUREN, her husband, Greg, chronicles Lauren’s struggle to survive and triumph over her devastating injuries.
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