[January 5, 2022] A couple of nights ago, I had the opportunity to be on the Veterans Breakfast Club radio show.1 Hosted by Todd DePastino, the show2 features veterans and highlights those who have witnessed war and its aftermath. Todd and his crew are giving us stories that are rapidly lost in our hectic, social media world. His show is a must-listen.
Two upcoming radio shows are an example. One is “Growing up in World War II” with George Zwaagstra and Dagmar Weiss. The other is “Merchant Marine in WWII” with eminent historian Sir Max Hastings. Don’t miss these. You won’t be disappointed.
I’m highlighting the Veterans Breakfast Club because this is one of the last places and the last opportunity you will get to hear from WW2 veterans or civilians who experienced war. No one should give away such a chance. Our WW2 vets will be all gone in just a few years and those few left today are often unable to speak at length. When they are gone, their history, their bravery, and their gift to make the world free will be lost forever.
Listen to their stories. I grew up with WW2 and Korea War combat veterans in a small town in northeast Louisiana. I could name many of the generals and admirals in these wars by the time I was 7 years of age. That was also when young boys were expected to contribute to their families by getting a job. My first real job was picking cotton on my fraternal grandfather’s farm. I listened to their stories while picking cotton beside a few of those veterans.
I also learned a great deal from these men. Yes, they were all men. Mostly they fought in Europe in the U.S. Army, but a few were veterans of the Navy or Army Air Corps. They taught me a great deal about war, and they scared the bejeebers out of me and my best friend, Wilson. But I learned. And, I learned about what it meant to be brave and honest and to adopt responsibility for my battlebuddies; lessons I would later put into action during my combat time.
Please turn on your radio, key up your computer, activate your smartphone … but do what it takes to listen and listen closely to the Veterans Breakfast Club. You will not be disappointed.
- You can view the interview here on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jS3caUb9XmI
- The mission of the Veterans Breakfast Club is to create communities of listening around veterans and their stories to ensure that this living history will never be forgotten. We believe that through our work, people will be connected, educated, healed, and inspired.
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