Round-Up Wednesday Veteran’s Day edition (November 11, 2015)
Some of my favorite things that honor the service of our incredible serviceman and woman.
War Letters: Extraordinary Correspondence from American Wars by Andrew Carroll
Years ago I came across this book and was instantly mesmerized. The use of letters—from Revolutionary War to the present—provided an incredibly raw and realistic view of the horrors, triumphs, friendships, guilt, and love that war brings. These men and woman who were facing death became poets and philosophers who touched on some of the most human emotions.
Andrew Carroll has collected thousands of war letters in an effort to preserve the words of those who were witness to histories most important events. You can read more about the Legacy Project here.
In 2004, 19-year old Pfc. Chance Phelps was killed in Iraq. Lt. Col. Mike Strobl volunteers to accompany the body home to Wyoming and what unfolds is an outpouring of respect and gratitude along the way home. A serious tear-jerker that reminds all of us the continued cost of keeping us safe.
In 24 oversees cemeteries lie the remains of thousands of men and woman who made the sacrifice and were laid where they fell. Hallowed Grounds explores these cemeteries and incredible stories of sacrifice and honor that accompany them. After visiting some of these cemeteries, I can truly say that those places are hallowed grounds. You can watch the program below.
For many American’s, WWI is a war we know very little about. The In Flanders Field museum is one of the best museums I’ve ever experienced. Telling the story of the battles of Ypres, Belgium it gives context to the destruction—and hope—that took place in these pivotal battles that helped changed the tide of the war. If you can’t make it the museum, at least check out the THE NAME LIST that gives information on those who perished.
Other resources: Flags of Our Fathers by James Bradley, Flyboys by James Bradley, The Generals by Thomas E. Ricks, Wild Bill Donovan by Douglas Waller, A Train in Winter by Caroline Moorehead, The War by Ken Burns, Brothers in Battle by Dick Hill, With Wings Like Eagles by Michael Korda, Winston’s War by Max Hastings