Letter to the Editor - Korean vet returns appreciation for Veterans Program

Dear Editor,

Once again I write a letter to thank the Junior High staff – and especially the students – for a great program. We veterans enjoy this program very much, but every vet I have talked to agrees that the best part is what the students learn getting the information to do this program. Too much of this great history is being lost. Mr. Moor’s talk was interesting with his long history in the Marine Corps.

I thought having Pam Bowen’s and Kris Kelly’s stories as part of your program was great, and gave a human touch to what it was like in England and France during WWII. I have had the privilege of knowing both of these ladies since they have been in Montana. The stories they have told will bring tears to your eyes and some had me laughing.

This program and this day bring back a lot of memories. I was a kid – 8 to 13 – during WWII. I still remember my folks listening to the radio when it was announced that the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor. That didn’t mean that much to me at 8-years-old, but my mother crying sure did. There were many more tears as my three older brothers and many cousins went off to war; that sure brought the meaning to this kid.

“While the storm clouds gather far across the sea,

Let us swear allegiance to a land that’s free,

Let us all be grateful for a land that’s free,

As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer.”

– God bless America, a land that I love.

This song was written by Erving Berlin in 1917, but put on a shelf until Kate Smith wanted a song to raise the spirits of the people as Hitler was making it obvious the world was going to be at war. Kate Smith was a big woman with a big voice and was probably the most popular singer of the day. She introduced this song on Armistice Day, Nov. 11, 1938. I watched her sing it three times this weekend. June of 1954, President Eisenhower, at the request of veterans organizations, changed it to Veterans Day, as it was to honor all war veterans.

Ted F. Murray, En 2

A Korean veteran



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