|Ellouise - circa 1944|
This year Harry is no longer "among us"and we cannot reach out to him to bring D-Day alive for us on this important day - but thanks to Andrew Hiller he leaves a story. Andrew is a friend of mine and I admire his skill as an interviewer so I put the two of them together knowing he would catch Harry's story. Unfortunately the station where his voice was recorded has archived his tape and its not available to us right now.
Hoping Andrew has saved it.
In 1944 I was 9 years old and I have such a vivid memory of that day. We lived in a 12 family apartment house in Charlotte, NC. My daddy was in India. Each family in the 'Virginia Apartments" had a family member somewhere overseas and all were hoping this meant that the war in Europe was coming to a close. And that the end of the war in the Pacific would soon follow. There was excitement in their voices as the adults talked about the D-Day invasion while they studied the newspapers. Radios blared out the story from every apartment. It was a hopeful day.
Meeting Harry was an inspiring connection for me because talking with him furthered my belief in asking questions and uncovering history from eyewitnesses - and when that is not possible for me and I come across a story - I pursue letters and other personal documents to capture an unknown first hand story.
That's why I do what I do with bits of women's history - remembering unknown women whose lives have been forgotten and lost in the shadows of history. For some reason I have wrapped myself in the purpose to tell their stories if I can for as long as I can.
Is there someone in your family who was part of D-Day that you are remembering today?
To honor D-Day and remember Harry I am reviving this blog post I wrote about Harry two years ago.