We had a great time at the National WWII Museum! The Museum is such a fascinating experience. I highly recommend it to everyone when you visit New Orleans. I only wish that my parents were still alive to see this wonderful tribute to the men and women who served in WWII.
It was so nice to talk with the patrons milling about the store. I enjoyed meeting the woman who donated her father’s helmet to the museum after his death a few years ago—it’s the helmet with the bullet hole. There was another woman who talked about her 89 year old friend who was a WAC. There was a gentleman visiting from Alaska. There was a couple from Washington DC who were active at the Holocaust Museum. There were lots of stories. Meeting the patrons, hearing their stories and sharing my mother’s story was the “icing on the cake” for our visit.
Looking forward to our visit to the National WWII Museum in New Orleans in January. It should be a fascinating time. I will be meeting with some of the staff.
We had an amazing time as we spent the past week celebrating Veterans Day this year traveling from Clarendon Hills to McHenry and lots of places in between bringing Mollie’s story and that of the women who served in the Army in WWII.. We met WWII Veterans, Korean War Veterans, Viet Nam Veterans and the children of these Veterans. There was an older woman who talked about her father who enlisted in WWI and was on a ship when the Armistice was declared–and so his ship turned around and came home. There was the woman who talked about her mother being a British war bride. Her sister was born in England but she was born in the United States. There was the man who talked about working in Army Intelligence. There was a high school student who was writing a paper about the WACs. And then there are always the people who tell me that I inspired them to go home and look at their parents’ stuff–and organize it. And finally my middle school niece, Cassandra, who called me because she was writing a paper about a Veteran and wanted to hear about my mother. All in all it was a very memorable week.
Today is Veterans Day. Let’s take a moment to thank all Veterans both male and female for their service and sacrifice so that we can continue to live our lives in freedom.
Please join me as we celebrate Veterans Day on Wednesday, November 11 at the Clarendon Hills Historical Society. The program which honors the women who served in WWII (and Mollie’s story) begins at 10 AM at the Clarendon Hills Village Hall at 1 No. Prospect Avenue in Clarendon Hills. This program is being sponsored by the Road Scholar Bureau of the Illinois Humanities Council. http://clarendonhillshistory.org/
If you are looking for a holiday gift that is a good read, Mollie’s War is listed in the 2015 Holiday Catalog from McFarland Publishers. It is in the Military History section on page 34. http://www.mcfarlandbooks.com/holiday-2015/
Chicago Writers Association unveiled its 2015-2016 Speakers Bureau. If you are looking for a speaker about women in the military during WWII, please keep me in mind. I am listed on the Speakers Bureau in the History section: The Journey of Mollie’s War : WACs and WWII.
Today, Mom would have been 99. We miss you, Mom and love you. Thinking back to her last birthday celebration on July 19, 2011 and happy times with family. Mom was so excited to be able to tell her story in “Mollie’s War” as a WAC in WWII