Tony and I really enjoy learning about the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our liberty and the freedom of others. We loved watching Band of Brothers and have really anticipated the start of The Pacific, which starts tomorrow night. For the last 6 weeks, I have been reading the three books that the mini-series will be based on: With the Old Breed by E.B. Sledge (fantastic book!), Helmet for my Pillow by Robert Leckie and I'm Staying with My Boys by Jim Proser. In fact, the copy of the book by Jim Proser was sent to me by a man who grew up in the same hometown as John Basilone (Raritan, New Jersey) and he wrote a short note on a post-it on the inside cover of the book expressing his belief that John Basilone was a true hero. If you have ANY interest in the Pacific front of WWII, read E.B. Sledge's book.
Here is the trailer for The Pacific. (the link is back up)
I am so grateful for these young boys who risked it all so that our country could remain free. You know where I'll be tomorrow night. On my couch. With a box of tissues.