I read with great interest Kevin Reilly’s letter about never forgetting World War II. My deceased husband landed on Utah Beach in Normandy on D-Day, and in June 1994, we traveled to France for the 50th anniversary of D-Day. A neighbor’s teenage son asked where we were going on vacation, and I replied “to France for the 50th anniversary of D-Day.” The young man, a student at a very prestigious local private school, said “What is D-Day?”
I was shocked, and suggested he ask his parents or his history teacher. In the 19 years since that encounter, I have prayed that someone explained this to him. Teacher friends have told me that there is too much history to be taught and many things are not covered in school. How sad not to know about World War II.
I am a charter member of the National WWII Museum and have a brick for my husband. I believe the museum is the greatest tribute possible to our veterans. My parents were both World War I veterans, and my patriotic roots run deep. I am so happy to hear about the involvement of high school students with the museum — we must teach them in every way we can. Thank you, Mr. Reilly, for your work on this project.
Mary Grace Simpson
retired administrative assistant