The long-awaited PBS series, “The War,” by documentarian Ken Burns is set to debut this Sunday, Sept. 23.
In advance of this 14-hour presentation about World War II, the 32nd Carnival of Genealogy, Family Stories of Wartime, was released this week. Although I was not a contributor, I recommend this series of blog posts on the impact of war on families.
The nature of war today is certainly different than it was in WWII. While virtually all Americans at that time made some sort of sacrifice in support of the war effort, the heaviest weight of today’s conflicts are borne by a relative few.
I come from a family of mostly U.S. Navy
veterans. My father, a brother and a couple of uncles served in the Navy during
WWII and the Vietnam conflict. I served in the U.S. Air Force during the
Vietnam era and my father-in-law was in the Army in the Great War. That’s a
picture of him and my mother-in-law on the streets of San Antonio in 1943.
What role has war and military service
played in your family history? Were careers interrupted? Skills learned?
Education gained under the G.I. Bill? Spouses met? Families started? Loved ones
Make a list of those family members who
served their country in the military. Keep them in mind when you watch “The War”
and honor their sacrifices in your own family history.
Did you know … that the New York Times has opened up big chunks of its on-line archives for free? It just happened this week. Check it out.