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/