On Sunday, I participated in the Pearl Harbor Day ceremony at the American Legion's Lt. Fred H. Clark Post 91 in Mechanicville. It was my 15th year speaking to veterans and leading them in a rousing rendition of the 1940s song "Let's Remember Pearl Harbor" (lyrics by Sammy Kaye). I first attended as a Girl Scout Leader with 25 second grade girls who stepped up to the microphone to read passages of soldiers' stories from that infamous day. We Girl Scouts continued to participate each year until those former second graders graduated from high school. Now they are in college and I attend with my husband, sometimes my daughter if she is home from school. Now I speak to the group as a representative American citizen who believes we must all remember Pearl Harbor and our WWII veterans who we are rapidly losing.
In my speech on Sunday I reminded the veterans and their families that they must not leave this life without having told their stories so that those stories could be passed down through the generations.
In my store and every bookshop and library, you will find tons of books on all the wars, but WWII in particular because that war was a unique time in history when everyone sacrificed to protect our freedom. We must read these books. We must talk with our grandfathers and grandmothers and great-grandfathers and great-grandmothers and aunts and uncles and learn their stories. And then we must tell them to our children so they can know not only our family histories but the history of our country.
Question: What are your favorite WWII books? Please share them with me by posting a comment--THANK YOU!