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All Voices Need to Be Preserved Last week a friend and colleague suddenly passed away. He had an amazing intellect, wonderful personality and a great sense of humor. When he graduated college, he could have had his pick of high dollar jobs. Instead, out of intense desire to serve his country, he chose the Intelligence Community arm of the U.S. government. For nearly three decades, my friend traveled to multiple war zones. Over 100 countries as he crisscrossed the globe sharing his analysis and learning the on-ground data. He voluntarily put himself in danger in search of the truth. The truth that saved countless American lives. He was … Continue reading
That Sound You Didn’t Hear, 1 April 2019 Last Friday I was down at the Museum restoration facility helping with some work that needed to be done. As I was changing into my coveralls, I heard the mobile recording studio being fired up. Lacing up my boots and stepping outside, the studio departed on its mission for the day. But I will circle back to that in moment. That “Sound I Didn’t Hear” that Friday was the sound of a Veteran dying. I didn’t know about it until I got home and read the email from my friend. It was his Father-in-Law. 104 years old. Wounded twice in the … Continue reading
2018 marks the 4th time the Americans in Wartime Museum has participated in the Dale City Independence Day Parade / Family Fun Day. Staff with the Voices of Freedom gave tours of the mobile recoding studio, educated people on the future museum and signed up several individuals interested in being interviewed for the project. The temps were high but that didn’t dampen the spirits of those in attendance. A big thank you to the organizers of the event and all who stopped to say hello and show their support for the museum and its mission.
The Voices of Freedom brought the Mobile Recording Studio to Reading, PA on June 1, 2 and 3 for the annual World War II Weekend at the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum. This marks the 4th year the VOF has participated in the event. As was the case in Carlisle two weeks prior, the threat of ran hung over the event all three days, however, for most of the weekend it held off. The exception was Sunday afternoon when the overcast sky gave way to some light rain. Some of the scheduled aerial demonstrations where altered but for the most part, the event went on as planed. Crowds were lighter than in … Continue reading
Rishi Sharma is an amazing young man. At 19 years old, he is on a quest to interview as many World War II veterans as he can before the last one is gone. And he is doing it while living out of his car and relying on funding from individuals through his Go Fund Me page. We had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Rishi in Reading, PA at the 2017 World War II Weekend. Watch his interview below and please take a look at this website located at Heroes of the Second World War.
Planned Museum Preserves Veterans Memories of War From the Washington Post By Jonathan Hunley Maybe she’ll talk about the 200 to 300 patients she saw each day. Or where she was when she heard about Pearl Harbor. Perhaps she will share what it was like to leave West Virginia when she was in her 20s, to serve abroad. Regardless of the details, Elizabeth Lewis, who was an Army surgical nurse during World War II, is scheduled to give a speech Monday, as she usually does on Memorial Day. This one will be at the retirement community where she lives in Manassas. Read More