Remembering His Story With Hailey

(Posted: June 15, 2013)

I love it…….when members of the younger generation express an interest in WWII history; … when you can see that a younger person gets it; … when it’s obvious that they realize that freedom isn’t free!  I recently had the heartwarming experience of meeting 13-year-old Hailey Dunmire and her Mom.  Hailey chose my book “What I Never Told You” for a report required in her class in school.  Her Mom took the time to contact me via my web site and inquired if I could possibly meet Hailey and perhaps add to her project in “feeding her sense in this history.”  I was delighted to meet them and give Hailey insight into my, and more importantly what I’ve learned of my Father’s experience.  I took my Father’s original notebooks and talked about some of the pages.  I commented on additional relevant facts and events that have come about since the book was published.  I showed her a “souvenir” that I obtained from my Father’s crashed B-17 that was given to me after the book was published.

Hailey is a breath of fresh air and I wish more people her age would follow her lead and feel the same sense and values in our freedoms.  I realize how easy it is to take it for granted when we’ve never lost it or had it threatened.  It means so much to know that she understands and appreciates those who have served and are serving to maintain the level of freedom that our heroes in WWII fought for and won for us.

We enjoyed a meeting in a most appropriate place, Veteran’s Memorial Park, in Salamanca, NY.  If you look closely at the photo, you will notice a memorial brick to the far left and three bricks down with my Father’s name, “John R. Kyler” inscribed.  It couldn’t have been a more perfect venue for our meeting!  When I showed Hailey and her Mom my Dad’s brick, I remembered that I obtained it for him several years ago for Father’s Day.  I recalled how I had to ask my Father what branch he had been in and his service period, something I really should have known at that time.  If only I had been like Hailey, I would have had more questions then and learned about my Father’s wartime experience from him rather than researching after his unexpected passing.  I admire her awareness and curiosity ensuring that the price of freedom indeed lives on in the future generations.


3 responses to “Remembering His Story With Hailey”

  1. Angel Rogan says:

    I love this, thank you so much for taking the time to appreciate Hailey for her thirst also. She is very humbled by this and so am I.

  2. Hailey Dunmire says:

    Thank you so much for that opprotunity, i finaly read it and I am very greatful!

    • Remember History says:

      It was a pleasure to meet you, Hailey, and your interest in and understanding of the sacrifices made to preserve our freedom is heartening!

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