I attended the Armed Forces Tribute, at Eckley Miners Village in Freeland PA this weekend. I set up a table display of my grandfather's letters, photos and the history of Cannon Company. We were located next to the Endless Mountain Museum tent and across from some WWII MP reenactors. I met some wonderful people who are interested in preserving the history of our Veterans.
Thank you to everyone who visited our tent. I met a woman who was about 5 years old during the war. We had a wonderful chat. She shared her memories of life on the homefront with me. She remembered the excitement of VJ day in her neighborhood. She recalled the church bells were ringing, horns were blowing and everyone was laughing and smiling. She also had some memories of drills in school and running to the basement for shelter in case of a bomb drop.
The most touching part of my weekend was meeting a WWII Veteran. He overheard me talking to a visitor about my grandfather's Battle of the Bulge photos. He came up to the tent and wanted to see the photos. He got emotional at the sight of the photos and held my hand and said, "I was there". It was such an honor to meet him. I had a chance to speak with him about our local Veterans Oral History Project. He hasn't shared his story, but may be willing to meet with me.
On Sunday afternoon, I was so pleased to meet with two young men that have an interest in the Veterans of WWII. They asked some great questions and enjoyed my grandfather's photos. It was a wonderful way to end the weekend. The purpose of sharing this information is to educate future generations on the sacrifices that were made, so we could live in freedom.