Remembering WWII and Those Who Served
CINCINNATIOn Memorial Day this year, Laura Frederick of
Washington, D.C., placed two roses from her garden at the World War II Memorial
in our nations capital. She did it for both her grandfather who served in the
Army during the war and for her grandmother who died a year ago, after raising
her three sons alone. Flowers, medals, ribbons, photos, news clippings, note
cards and other artifacts have been left by visitors who wish to honor the men
and women who riskedand in many cases losttheir lives in the Second World War
Messengers September cover article,
entitled, Remembering World War II, commemorates the 60th anniversary of the
last world war. Author Ann M. Augherton, managing editor of Arlington Catholic Herald, interviewed several servicemen and servicewomen,
their families and others who visited Washington D.C.s newest memorial. After
August 18, the article will be found at: AmericanCatholic.org.
World War II ended 60
years ago, but the memories are still fresh in the minds of those who served in
it. The new memorialwhich has been visited by an estimated 4.7 million people since
it was dedicated a year agoserves as a reminder to us all. Lowell Fry, a tour
guide at the memorial, calls the veterans his heroes. They did their job, they
went overseas, they came home and they didnt talk about the blood or the
guts, he says. When you look at the statistics of how many
people were killed, it must have been awful.
was hard to find in the war but, for many Catholic soldiers, rosaries provided
much needed solace. For Bernard J. Burns, Jr., a combat medic in the Armys
33rd infantry division, his rosary got him through dark nights in foxholes. Youd
say your rosary until you fell asleep, then youd have to dig around in the
morning to find it.
Men werent the only ones who served.
Lorraine Dieterle, 81, taught combat photography in the U.S. Coast Guard during
World War II. One of about 400,000 women who served in the military, Dieterle
says it was love of country that led her to enlist. She says her service in the
Coast Guard was one of the greatest experiences in her life. It made me a
better person, she says.
World War II is filled with thousands of stories, the Washington, D.C., memorial
serves as the perfect gathering place to share them. A handwritten note taped
to the wall with a small flag reads, In memory of Barnard Theodore King, Born
Nov. 16, 1925, N.Y., Died May 4, 2000. King had served in the Army Air Corps
in China, Burma and the Indian Theatre. The note was signed, Max King,
Grandson, May 30, 2005.
note at the memorial accompanies a single white flower. Inside the note is a
statement that mirrors the feelings many in this country have for the veterans
of World War II. It reads, simply, We will never forget.
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