At the national memorial in Washington, D.C., the fallen heroes of World War II are represented by a field of 4,048 gold stars – one star for each 100 warriors lost, or nearly half a million Americans.
Their surviving brothers and sisters in arms, more than 15 million strong, returned to a grateful nation and went quietly about the business of building a new America. Bolstered by the G.I. Bill that brought higher education and opportunity, they nurtured families and businesses, fought for social justice and equality, and ushered in an era of economic prosperity. The names of the members of this “greatest generation” are inscribed on buildings, bridges, and schools; they anchor scholarship funds and service awards; they’re woven into the fabric of the communities they shaped. Seventy years later, we still honor their sacrifice in facing down the gravest threat the world had ever known.
In celebration of Veterans Day, we share the stories of four Raleigh veterans whose service in World War II was only the beginning of a lifetime of contributions to our community and beyond... (see more at: http://www.waltermagazine.com/)