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When I attended St. Leonard's grammar school in Berwyn, Illinois during the late 1940's and early 1950's, our nuns taught us to remember the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in the year 1918.

That was the time and day and month when World War One came to an end.

At 11 a.m. on Nov. 11th, my classmates and I and our nun stood at attention. We faced east. Each of us placed our right hand over our heart and prayed silently for all who died during World War One.

On Nov. 11, 1918, the war to end all wars was finally over, but at a very high cost to every nation who fought in World War One. It meant that, at long last, Johnny would soon come marching home....

When Johnny Comes Marching Home
Glenn Miller and His Orchestra
with Marion Hutton, Tex Beneke, and The Modernaires
Today, when it is 11 o'clock where you live, please pause and say a prayer for all who died during that horrible war. Then say a prayer for our service men and women who are fighting in Afghanistan -- and for those who have died for us there and in other wars.

This video will show you some things about another war, World War Two, that you might not have seen before.



Here's a photo of me during February 1944 taken outside our family home in Berwyn, Illinois, nine miles southwest of downtown Chicago. My Uncle Bob was serving in the Navy on the U.S.S. Bennington aircraft carrier in the Pacific. My Aunt Ruth worked at Illinois Bell in neighboring Cicero. And I was fighting the war my own way, often wearing my own sailor suit on special occasions. I was about three-and-a-half years old when my mother took this picture of us.


Aunt Ruth was still single and lived with us, as did Uncle Bob when he was home and my Aunt Dorothy. Those were the days when families really stuck together. Aunt Ruth began collecting records (78's) in the late 1930's. Today, I have them, cherishing them, keeping them safe on shelves in a spare closet.

Here are a few songs from World War Two that were played often by Major Glenn Miller and His Army Air Force Band, performed here by the United States Air Force Airmen of Note:

I Sustain the Wings



American Patrol



The Army Air Corps Song



Over There



With My Head in the Clouds



Annie Laurie



Tail End Charlie



Long Ago and Far Away - Bobbie McCleary and The Crew Chiefs (Vocalists)



Here's a web page of mine that has what I think are a good selection of songs from World War Two:

World War Two Playlist

I hope you will enjoy it -- and again, think about all of those who gave their lives so that me may live as free men and women. If you lived through World War Two, have some Kleenex handy....

George Spink
Moderator - The Palomar
Los Angeles, California
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