I love to drag the old soap box out once in a while, stand on it, and talk to the world in general.
So, today I’m talking about driving past the Ft. Logan National Cemetery. Every time I look at those white tombstones in perfect military formation, I can’t help but wonder how many stories are buried out there. Not just stories of war, but stories of heartache and victory. Stories of life!
Unfortunately, those stories are gone forever. Today, the men and women who lived the stories are nothing more than pictures fading away in some box someplace.
And, if we’re not careful, their stories, and yours for that matter, will be gone forever. And someplace, somewhere, someone will wonder who you or they were.
And that’s why I’m such a big fan of Lee Habeeb’s Our American Stories.
A simple look at their offering covers a lot of ground. And not all of it earthshaking. Oh, there’s things like Midway and D-Day covered. Some is what happened in the lives of the people telling the stories. Others are what happened to people we never heard of.
One thing the radio series recognizes is that history isn’t just dates and facts. It’s your son and daughter who did something as simple as go to school. It’s about a guy who barely knew how to drive a truck going down a highway in the mountains. It’s also about those of us who put the uniform of our country and went far away. And it’s about those who didn’t make it back.
If you have a story to tell, and we all do, contact Our American Stories and pitch it to them.
Here’s a small collection of stories that I think you’d enjoy. Some I did. Others were done by friends I’ve made along the way. Some are funny. Other’s heartbreaking.
But the point is, the stories will live forever now.
D-Day through the eyes of man who was there: Click here.
The story of a man who found an odd link to the Three Stooges. Click here.
My friend, Joy Kidney and her story of the American Flag. Click here.
The story of Sheriff Toby Madrid as a Marine and the A-Bomb tests: Click here.
The story of Colorado’s first black lawman: Click here.