Academic journal article The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

From the President

Academic journal article The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

From the President

Article excerpt

Remember . . .

Recently I had the pleasure of leading more than thirty VHS members to sites in northwest Europe associated with U.S. involvement in World War II. We traced the steps of those brave Americans from the beaches of Normantly to the battle of the Bulge. Unlike previous VHS trips to this part of the world, this time our group included no World War II veterans. Sadly they are passing from the scene every day, breaking a tangible connection between past and present. So it was that all of us who made this journey did so, in part, to help keep alive the memory of what the Greatest Generation accomplished.

What I don't think any of us expected was to find how many residents of the areas we visited are doing their best to keep those memories alive. It was gratifying that, at a time when our nation is sometimes vilified, there are those who remember the sacrifices made by Americans to ensure peace and freedom in the world. Nowhere was this on more obvious display than in the small Belgian city of Mons, where our group's bus was met by a welcoming committee of locals decked out in U.S. World War ll-era fatigues next to the vintage Jeeps and other vehicles they have lovingly restored. Mons was liberated by elements of the U.S. 3rd Armored Division led by Richmond's own Judge John Randolph "Bunny" Tucker on September 2, 1944. When the people of Mons heard that people from Major Tucker's hometown were coming, they wanted us to know that they remember what he and his compatriots did for them. …

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