Lt. Roslyn Schulte is Honored at Ammunition Hill
Air Force 1st Lieutenant Roslyn Schulte would not have considered herself a role model or a hero. “She just felt there was a right way to do things,” said her mother Susie, “and expected others would behave the same way.
“Roz was very committed to serving her country,” said Susie, “and we fully supported her in that. To the end she liked what she was doing and as parents that’s what you hope for with the choices your children make. We continue to be proud of the fact that she was doing what she wanted to.”
Lt. Schulte, who was killed in action in Afghanistan on May 20, 2009, will be memorialized with a plaque on JNF’s Wall of Honor at Ammunition Hill in Jerusalem. The first female graduate of the Air Force Academy killed in action, Lt. Schulte chose to pursue a career in military intelligence after training to be a pilot.
“She felt she could make a greater impact in a leadership role,” said Robert. “She felt she was making a difference on the Afghanistan community by teaching them to be self-reliant intelligence officers and helping out at orphanages.”
The memorial plaque, donated by family friends Norman Pressman and Wendi Alper Pressman, is a testament to the impact that Lt. Schulte made in her life.
“Lt. Schulte deserves to be remembered along with other Jewish heroes at this special place,” said Norman Pressman. “Her death was a major loss to our community. Now, St. Louisans can visit her plaque when they come to Israel.”
JNF’s Wall of Honor stands as a tribute to the courage of Jewish soldiers like Lt. Schulte who have fought in defense of countries throughout history and around the world. It is located at Ammunition Hill, site of the pivotal battle during the Six-Day War that led to the reunification of Jerusalem. An important Israeli landmark, Ammunition Hill hosts induction ceremonies for paratroopers and the annual Jerusalem Day celebration.
This year marks the 45th anniversary of Jerusalem’s reunification, and high-level dignitaries including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Shimon Peres, and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat will gather at Ammunition Hill to commemorate the event. As the centerpiece of JNF’s May 2012 Road to Jerusalem mission, which will take participants to key sites of events from the Six Day War, it will surely be a unique and moving experience for everyone gathered.
For Lt. Schulte’s parents, visiting their daughter’s plaque on the Wall of Honor is on their to-do list for some point in the future.
For more information about Ammunition Hill, visit jnf.org/ammunition-hill. To learn more about the Road to Jerusalem mission, visit jnf.org/road-to-jerusalem.
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