Tributes to The Volunteers

Please view these heart-warming and inspiring messages from descendants of heroic Lincoln veterans, most of who are grandchildren of the vet. The vet’s name is listed first, with a link to their bio, and the descendant contributor is listed below the name of “their” vet.

Thank you to all who are supporting this effort to pay tribute to these heroes. If you would like to share your tribute to a vet via a video message, please see the instructions at bottom of the page.

Stay tuned for an event in Fall 2024 featuring these moving testimonies!


Tribute to: Vicente Sanchis Amades Tribute to: Bill Susman Tribute to: Alvah Bessie
Video by: Dean Burrier Sanchis Video by: Rebecca and Sasha Susman Video by: Adam Bessie
Tribute to: Sam Levinger Tribute to: Bill Susman Tribute to: Joseph Isaac Siegel
Video by: Laurie Levinger Video by: Janak Ramakrishnan and Shantha Susman Video by: Isabel Halpern
Tribute to: Max Parker Tribute to: Harry Finkenberg Tribute to: Ed Balchowsky
Video by: Max Bennett-Parker Video by: Josh Finkenberg Video by: Jeff Balch
Tribute to: Morris Tobman Tribute to: Carl Geiser Tribute to: Morris Tobman
Video by: Michael Tobman Video by: Nell Geiser Video by: Mara Lee Grayson
Tribute to: Paolino Sarti Tribute to: Harry Fisher Tribute to: George Hendrickson
Video by: Doug Sarti Video by: Rachel Ithen Video by: Kate Hendrickson
Tribute to: Joseph Isaac Siegel Tribute to: Harry Klieman Tribute to: Rubin Schechter and Harry Nobel
Video by: Max Halpern Video by: Brendan Broms Video by: Rich Rothman
Tribute to: Leonard Olson Tribute to: Robert Klonsky
Video by: Leah A Hassett Video by: Jessica & Leigh Klonsky


We want to hear from the second generation of ALB descendants!  Send us a short (1-2 minute) video clip talking about your memories of an ALB grandparent or what it means to carry on their legacy.

Suggestions on how to record videos for ALBA:

If using a phone, turn your phone sideways so its camera shoots landscape and not portrait (i.e., we need the image horizontal, like a TV screen).Go to your phone’s settings and make sure it’s recording at the highest resolution. On an iPhone, go to Settings, Camera, Record Video, then choose 4K at 30FPS. This will record in 4K, which gives us maximum flexibility in editing.

– Prop your camera on a solid object (a shelf, a pile of books, a music stand) two feet or so in front of you, and put the camera on “selfie” mode (i.e., so you can see your image on the screen). Try to place the phone or camaera at the same height as your eyes, so you’re looking straight ahead, and fill the screen with your head and shoulders as best you can, i.e., the top of your head should be very close to, but not cut off by, the top of the frame.

– Put your script as close to your phone or camera as you can, so you’re looking straight ahead at it while looking at the camera lens. Ideally, you’d speak from memory so you can look at the camera and not look like you’re reading.

– You want light illuminating your face (with a light source, like a lamp or a window, in front of you) and avoid backlighting.

– It’s best to set up your shot looking into empty space — i.e. if you’re standing just in front of a wall or a bookshelf, we’ll see that wall or bookshelf in focus, which isn’t good. If you’re filming in the empty space of a big room, the background becomes out of focus and abstract, and we can pay attention to your face and not what’s going on behind you.

– When you are recording please do not turn the camera off right away, wait a few moments first. The purpose of this is our editorial team can ensure your video does not cut to the following segment abruptly.

– Be mindful of audio: Being close to the phone or camera is best. The farther you are from the phone, the more distant you’ll sound. Choose a quiet place to film if you can.

Please reach out with any questions or if you need support