From the crucible of the Great War that was sprinting towards a full boil 100 years ago this month, these chapters, taken together, illuminate how that war continues to shape not only our world in a lofty, conceptual way, but in today's headlines.
Virginia was honored with the Legion of Honor in France, that country's highest civilian award. She kept her American citizenship until the day she died, but she is virtually unknown in the United States.
On the evening of June 5, 1944, as Roosevelt spoke to the world about the liberation of Rome, and welcomed Italy back into the civilized world, Churchill and de Gaulle were having the most severe of all their many disputes.
Though he may not be able to return to France, Matt is determined to include others in his family in his grandfather's legacy. "My father is coming down with me to France this Memorial Day," Matt confides.
Attention everyone who wants to know what war is really like for the troops in the front lines: you now have several excellent opportunities to learn about the incredible horror and nightmarish consequences of mortal combat.