As the days slowly began to lengthen, meaning decent fighting weather
was approaching, tension increased. Inevitably the young men thought of
death. Few made their thoughts articulate, but Webster dealt with his
directly. He wrote his mother, instructing her to "stop worrying about
me. I joined the parachutists to fight. I intend to fight. If
necessary, I shall die fighting, but don't worry about this because no
war can be won without young men dying. Those things which are precious are saved only by sacrifice."
Band of Brothers is the perfect book to be reading on Memorial Day.
Private Webster, in the days leading up to D-day, wrote a letter to his
mother back home in Massachusetts. He penned a timeless truth.
Those things which are precious are saved only by sacrifice.
Memorial Day is a time to ponder and reflect on sacrifice. We enjoy
freedom because of sacrifice. People like Pvt. Webster and Lt. Dick Winters of Easy Company of the 101st Airborne Division, who
jumped into Normandy on June 6th, 1944, purchased freedom from tyranny
and liberated the world from the terror of fascism.
Freedom is precious. Freedom is worth it. True freedom is purchased only by sacrifice.