I hope you all enjoyed your Memorial Day weekend and I hope you took a moment to remember the heroes of the past. And then say a prayer for the men and women who serve in dangerous places around the world. Like all the soldiers before them, they faced their fears, they found courage, and they took their positions on the front lines of freedom.
As I have done every year since the premier of Band of Brothers Part 1 “Currahee” on September 1, 2001, I sat transfixed on the TV to begin my Memorial Day Marathon. Each year as the HBO miniseries produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, based on the non-fiction book by Stephen E. Ambrose begins, I question if I sufficiently appreciate the sacrifices made by these men of Easy Company. Their extraordinary courage as they dropped behind enemy lines on D-Day, their never give up attitude during the Battle of the Bulge and their triumphant victory securing Hitler’s “Eagle’s Nest,” are mere reflections of the bonds of friendship and brotherhood that carried these men through the darkest moments of the war.
Watching the history of Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, from basic training to D-Day is truly an experience like no other. Following these men from the front line soldier, to the privates, to the non-coms to the officers who carry out the grand strategy of generals, makes the viewer feel as if they are standing by the side of these men.
Today’s story is coming to you directly from the trenches. Our friend, Michael Roberts, began an 8,992 mile journey across the country in order to raise awareness about the challenges faced by those soldiers returning home that are left disabled. His decision to pursue this journey stems from his own experiences and says that, “When I look at a veteran who has lost limbs, when I look at a veteran amputee.....I realize that, well, that could have been me!”