Christmas 1944

Christmas 1944

The story of Christmas 1944 was started on D-Day — June 6th, 1944. With the invasion at Normandy everyone then knew for sure that Christmas of that year would certainly be different. That same argument could somewhat be made for Christmas 1943 or Christmas 1942. Those war years of Christmas were full of uncertainty and separation as well. But the invasion made everything that Christmas of 1944 quite different. It was dangerous. Loved ones were not only away from home they were in harm’s way. Months at a time would go by without a letter. Exact locations were unknown. No one knew not when their loved ones were coming home — they didn’t know IF they were coming home. ThatRead more

Somewhere in France

Somewhere in France

By Jeff Westover He was a man — that’s all. A man like any other man. His story is one shared by many of the millions who fought in World War II. Fate intervened not once — but twice — to remove him from a train just before it left the station. In both cases the sudden change would affect not only him, but also his descendents for generations to come. The first time it happened he was bound for Toronto where he would work as a reporter for the Associated Press. But just before the final whistle blew, his brother, who was holding a military draft order in his hand, pulled him off the train. So, like countless othersRead more