I have fond memories of the Bob Hope USO shows (it was a long time ago, but it seemed to me that those shows were televised during the holiday season). I also applaud Pamela Anderson and Kathy Griffin who went over to Iraq at the height of the hostilities. I've always thought, if I were a celebrity, I would go and entertain the troops. It's not about politics, but about showing my appreciation.
I'm lucky that no one in my immediate family is currently serving, but I do have many veterans in my family. My father, an uncle, a great-uncle, both my grandfathers, and even my grandmother (she served in the Women's Army Corps, WAC, stateside in an administrative position--although she did wear a uniform and she had to style her hair so that it did not fall past her collar). I can clearly recall Grandpa Jack talking about World War II.
He did not share 'war stories,' after all, we were children, but he did talk about the songs that were sung (he taught me the words to 'It's a Long, Long Way to Tipperary') and he raved about his favorite cartoonist from Stars and Stripes, Bill Mauldin. Grandpa Jack actually gave me a copy of Bill's memoir, The Brass Ring. What stuck with me was the value of entertainment for soldiers.
That's my goal. I wish to provide a few minutes of escapism, perhaps inspire a chuckle, or deliver a thrill. I want to give a happy memory and show my gratitude. That's why I'm donating my books. It's the least that I can do.
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