In the Company of Heroes

I am not big on joining organizations, you know like Kiwanis, Elks, etc. Nevertheless I broke down recently and decided to join American Legion which is restricted to veterans who have served during times of war.

In the February issue of their monthly magazine “American Legion” they published a picture called In the Company of Heroes. The story is that Valor Studios, an art and magazine publisher, hosted a trip to Germany for six veterans of the “Band of Brothers.” They were six surviving members of Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division.

This took place in 2004 on the 60th Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge.

. . . the group traveled to Bastogne to revisit the veteran’s old foxholes with their younger counterparts [the 1st Armored Division troops recently returned from Iraq]. But on the way to Bastogne, the tour’s host had arranged for the veterans to visit Luxembourg American Cemetery, where their fallen comrades were buried.”

‘In the Company of Heroes’ depicts that hallowed moment.

On a cold December day, veterans of the Battle of the Bulge reunite at the American cemetery in Luxembourg. . . . As the veterans reflect amidst the gently falling snow, their welling emotions confirm their often-stated belief: “The real heroes never came home.” Here, they feel a presence, a warmth amidst the cold. Something tells them they are not alone and this silent reunion is not the last.

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