|Mr. Len describing his medals with well-earned pride.|
(He refused a Purple Heart, claiming that others' injuries were far worse than his.)
|Maxing out use of the map by showing all the places he had been.|
|Using new technology to relive old emotions and experiences.|
|Adding his firsthand account to news of Pearl Harbor.|
|Mr. Len was quite a catch! Even after 72 years, their love for|
each other was more than evident.
|Mr. Len's service ribbons. His uniform still fit!|
|The kids were in awe of his medals--they'd never seen anything like them!|
When asked how he planned to celebrate his 70th anniversary with Betty, he quipped that he was going to take it easy, and hold out for the "big one" (75th), and if I replied positively to his inquiry of whether I was behaving myself, he'd give me a heck of an upbraiding. Methinks he was secretly a gossip hound. ;) And at that age, why not?!
In memory of Mr. Len and in honor of his wife, please talk to a veteran, and thank them for their service. From Mr. Len's reactions, it meant the world to him to be able to share memories that undoubtedly surfaced in some form or another on a daily basis. The simple act of connection and reconnection with others and with facts/ memories can be potent in its comfort.
Mr. Len, thanks for your life and all that you did for others. How you lived your life was definitely your gift to the world.
|Mr. Len and Ms. Betty upon his return from a WWII Flight of Honor.|
|A picture from their first visit to my classroom.|
|Photo from another visit, just a few of the very many minds they opened.|
|My son (R) and his friend with Len and Betty in front |
of the Christmas tree laden with Ms. Betty's handmade
Chrismon decorations. Christmas 2012.