The veterans who fought World War II are passing away and will not be with us very much longer. Those old men at the VFW hall or who sit at the back in church or who shuffle along in walkers at the nursing homes–many of them have experiences in battle and have performed heroic deeds that would be staggering to the rest of us if we only knew. Never dismiss them. Respect them. Honor them.
See if you can get them to tell you what they did during the war. Some can’t talk about it to this very day. But some will. My father-in-law was one of the only survivors of his unit at Iwo Jima. One of the elders at our church when I was growing up was a B-17 gunner. I knew an elderly gentleman who was an intelligence officer and worked behind enemy lines.
Have any of you heard stories like this?