From wherever they hailed, these veterans, who immigrated to the United States and became American citizens, have had the good fortune to share in the fruits of freedom's victory. I am proud to include myself in their ranks.
I want to help my students connect with this history and find relevance in the literature they study. I also hope to teach my students what it means to look beyond self-interest by being brave, frugal, and loyal.
From what I hear, read and see, the VFW does a fine job at the national level. But, as with any large organization, many of the "good things" take place where the rubber hits the road, at the local Posts.
Grateful to the U.S. and other allies for the World War II allegiances and sacrifices and notwithstanding occasional "philosophical" and political discords, France has steadfastly remembered the battles and honored the heroes of those battles which led to ultimate victory over the Nazis.
While, politically, Franco-American relations have seen their ups and downs, the historical and cultural ties that bind the French and the American people are deep, solid and lasting -- congressional "freedom fries" and other silliness notwithstanding.
There are moments in one's life that stand apart from the rest. There are magnificent highs and terrifying lows. But then there are those other moments when you know that something seemingly ordinary turns out to be, well, extraordinary.