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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
The Americans in Wartime Museum is a not-for-profit cultural and educational institution dedicated to honoring those who have served in all branches of the United States military and on the home front, from World War I to the present. The Museum serves to educate the public, especially young people, by telling individual stories of personal experience, realities of war, and sacrifices made by Americans striving to preserve our freedoms. The Museum inspires visitors by enabling them to experience military vehicles, explore artifacts, and participate in reenactments and special programs in a dynamic, interactive environment.
Approximately 2 million Americans served their country, and the world, during World War II. Europe is free today, in part, because of the selfless sacrifices of ordinary Americans asked to do extraordinary things. Among them was Jim Sawicki who served in the United States Army and fought with the “Red Bulls” at Anzio during the Battle of the Bulge. Speaking of his experience during the war, Jim stated, “It was my great adventure.” It was Jim Sawicki, who lived less than a mile from the future home of the Americans in Wartime Museum in Dale City, VA, who inspired the Voices of Freedom Project. Our mission is to capture and … Continue reading
First Snow Last week, the fine folks of northern Virginia were treated to their first snowflakes of the season. As the weather forecasters say, it was a conversational snow. And it occurred mid-day, so it didn’t screw up traffic….always important around here. Folks gathered up at the windows and pointed to the flakes. There were a few gasps as the wind whipped it sideways at times. But in general, everybody took it as a marker of the Holiday season to come. Holiday season, a time to come out of the cold and enjoy good food, good wine, and warmth of company. People gather at family and friends, and at the … Continue reading
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.