After getting an email about this project last year, I investigated and found it to be such a worthwhile project.
Some years ago Jim and I were in the Normandy area of France and the sight of miles and miles of little white crosses
was quite sobering. The thought that each of those crosses represented a fine young man who never returned to build
a life was hard to get your mind around.
I am so glad that this gentleman started this fine organization.
As a further side to this story. Jim's grandfather had a brother Donald who went off to serve in WW1.
A couple of months ago a man stopped at the farm and had this huge old dictionary that he felt he had to bring to us.
He was a janitor at a high school in Akron. They were throwing out books and he saw this dictionary. He collects
old books, so he took it home. In looking through it, he found it belonged to Orr's in Apple Creek. One
of his good friends owns a gun shop and is a hunter. He mentioned the book to Joe and Joe said he knew us..in fact,
he has come down and rabbit hunted on our farm for years. He brought the man down so he could give it to us personally.
I don't know his name, but wish to thank him for doing this.
The point to this long story is that in the pages of that dictionary was a letter from the US War Dept. to Jim's great
grandparents informing them of the death of their son Donald. The letter took months to reach them. Hard
to conceive in this day and age of instant communication.
Along with the letter was a letter from a group of ladies in England who wrote to describe the funeral they conducted
for him and to tell his mother, that as mothers themself, they would continue to care for his grave.
So many brave young men and women have given everything for us!!