January 1945 — Bastogne, Belgium
"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction."
~ Ronald Reagan, President of the United States
It was January 1945. My mother, Dad's then sweetheart, wrote that people were not suffering back in the United States during the WWII. Dad's letters written as a 101st Airborne paratrooper have now been preserved in Comes A Soldier's Whisper. He responded to her letter with the following:
"So you don't think the people at home are suffering much? Listen, darling, they don't a damn bit. They've got better jobs than they ever had. They're spending more money than ever. Their homes aren't being shelled or bombed. Yes, it must be terrible for some of them. But the only ones that are hurt back there are the people who have lost their sons and loved ones in this fight for freedom. Hell, most people think we're fighting for someone else. Maybe so, but in order to keep our government and way of life, we too must be in it. Men have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. We cannot let them down now."
May we always remember our soldier's sacrifices made to protect our freedom and way of life.
Remembering history one day at a time...
Jenny Tharp La Sala
Proud 101st Airborne Veteran's Daughter