This Memorial Day, 6 tricky lessons to convey to children about war

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For spring break, a friend and his wife took their three children to Honolulu. They planned to visit the USS Arizona Memorial, the commemorative site of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Since I’ve interviewed veterans and written about WWII, they asked me for ideas about how to teach their children about war. What would you say?
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Difficult situation? How’s your sense of humor?

Ed Pepping (l) and Al Mampre, together again in 2011.

Two WWII veterans, Ed Pepping and Al Mampre, sure knew a thing or two about surviving difficult situations. Let their example inspire you today. [Read more...]

This Veteran’s Day: You’ve Been Given Much

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This Veterans Day, I wish we might glimpse anew the freedom we’ve been handed. I wish we would read books about veterans and watch war movies and talk to veterans and rent rooms from them. I wish we’d pray that future generations will never be called upon to make the same sacrifices as those who gave up everything for the sake of freedom. [Read more...]

Rant of the Day—Make Boys Tough

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Exceptionalism and rugged-individualism helped make America the greatest country that has ever existed. Those traits are frowned upon or at least considered politically incorrect today. Multiculturalism tells us that no one culture is better than another. Yet one only has to look at the many civilizations (a word loosely used) around the world that have [Read More...]

The Incredible Power of Sacrifice

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  As a prisoner of the Imperial Japanese Army in the jungles of Thailand during WWII, Ernest Gordon, a commander in a Scottish infantry battalion, saw firsthand the depths of depravity that can happen when man sinks to his lowest. At age 24, Gordon was captured while escaping from Sumatra after the fall of Singapore. [Read More...]

Why Young People Should Read Books about WWII

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  I’ve authored or coauthored five books about World War II, and one consistently repeated comment that comes my way from reader feedback sounds something like this: ·         “Great book. Every young person in America should read this.” ·         “I read this book, then bought a copy for my son.” (or grandson, or nephew) ·         [Read More...]

The Super Bowl Craze

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It’s not Christmas, New Years Eve, or July 4th… it’s a different holiday of sorts here in America; I’m talking about Super Bowl Sunday. It doesn’t really matter if you’re a football fan or not, something about the Super Bowl draws viewers to gather together and watch the big game. Sure, a few skeptics wave [Read More...]

What Won Babe Heffron’s Respect

4. Jan 25, Babe, Marcus, Bill

Two summers ago I found myself at a book signing event seated alongside seven of the original Band of Brothers, the men of Easy Company who have become symbols of heroism in World War II.   I sat near the tail end of a long table. The men and I were on one side, and [Read More...]


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