The Voices of Freedom visited the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, PA on May 18 – 19 to take part in the 2018 version of Army Heritage Days. This is the first time the VOF has participated in the annual event. Rain the morning of the first day and threats of rain the remainder of the weekend kept crowds low, however, those that attended were greeted with tank and halftrack demonstrations and reenactors depicting army units from colonial days to present. The Army Heritage and Education Center was also open to visitors and provided those visitors with walk through of the Army’s rich history. The Voices of Freedom conducted … Continue reading
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Five Words……. “Thank You For Your Service.” Five simple words that have become part of the American lexicon. We hear it routinely now, but it wasn’t until last night that I realized the incredible power of those five simple words. Once again, it was at dinner. And with a fine Belgian Ale and a great piece of steak (never underestimate the cognitive benefits of both!) I was with two gentlemen who had served in the army of a European country during the Cold War. These two gents were incredible. They had a Doctorate’s level of knowledge about the Battle of the Bulge, and a passion for preserving history. I found … 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
In between this year’s constant rains, on a spectacular blue fall day, I flew in a B-17. It meant a lot to me. My father flew them 74 years ago. He was one of thousands of American GI’s who were stationed at Polebrook, England’s 351st Bomber Division. The B-17’s would conduct daily bombings of Germany. My Dad called it “the milk run” — and they were on the 23rd mission when he was shot down on a bombing run of Ludwigshafen, Germany — 430 miles away. His Bomber Group served as “Tail End Charlie” for the 1,000 + Bombers. They were to fly “high” at 29,000 feet. In youth we … Continue reading
This years Tank Farm Open House was scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, September 22-23 in Nokesville, VA. Due to rain overnight on Saturday and all day Sunday, the second day of the event had to be canceled. Despite the challenges imposed by significant rain in the weeks prior, Saturday was a huge success with thousands of people making their way through the gate. Tanks and military vehicles where, as usual, the featured attraction, but by no means the only one. The vehicles displays were enhanced by several groups of reenactors who set up their camps at various locations around the farm. The Marine Corps Historical Society conducted demonstrations to include … Continue reading
The Voices of Freedom participated in the 2018 WWI & WWII Weekend at Oatlands Plantation during the weekend of July 14-15. This was our 3rd year participating in the event at the historic site. Despite having no interviews scheduled, we were able to conduct four interviews with veterans and civilians from WWII, Korea and the Gulf War. When we weren’t conducting interviews, staff gave tours of the studio and promoted the mission of the museum. In addition to the mobile recording studio, the museum provided an M5A1 Stuart Light Tank for the event. As always, the tank was a huge hit.
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
Thinking about the 4th of July…………..AFTER It is now several weeks since the 4th of July; the grills are once again cool, the fireworks have exploded and America’s celebration of her Birthday has come and gone. I thought about this because my Birthday is coming up in a few days and it caused me to think about what I saw and did on the 4th. My lovely bride and I braved the heat to attend the National Parade down Constitution Avenue. Having never attended previously, I did not know what to expect. But all along the march route were thousands of eager faces, young and old. Many waving American flags. … 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.