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Before he moved into the VA hospital, I spent an afternoon at his home.  His basement was filled with memorabilia...books, photographs, maps, medals, uniforms, etc.  The stories he told were amazing (with some eye rolling from his kids who said some were a teeny bit embellished!)  A lifelong friend of his was in the same company and they landed just three feet from each other in Normandy on D-Day.  That gentleman also died, ironically, just two weeks ago.

I guess sometimes it feels like we don't have the freedoms we used to, but this is still a great country and we owe it to those who were brave enough to make the sacrifices they did.  I am grateful.

Preparing to travel out of town for the holiday weekend,  I received a call that one of my oldest and dearest friend's father passed away today.  It seems fitting that his passing is so close to Memorial Day, a reminder to honor the lives of those who fought for the freedoms we often take for granted. It isn't a perfect world, but it has been made better by people like him.

Former soldier with Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, WWII.  He was portrayed in the mini series "Band of Brothers" and was one of the last remaining members of that elite group.  He was also one of the most dedicated, vibrant and charismatic gentlemen I ever met...a truly great hero.  A long life of 91 years, well lived and well loved.  I am grateful I had the chance to know him and visit him one last time this past January.

Live well, love much, laugh often friends.  Have a safe and happy holiday!

Fondly,
Francesca

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My heartfelt condolences to your friends family and to you.

While no passing is devoid of sadness, some leave us with with the solace that a life was well spent and no regret is left. This seems the case. My sympathy to you an your friends.... enjoy your week...

I will honor many people this Memorial Day.  It's a day for all our heroes......on a personal level and a worldly level.

Before he moved into the VA hospital, I spent an afternoon at his home.  His basement was filled with memorabilia...books, photographs, maps, medals, uniforms, etc.  The stories he told were amazing (with some eye rolling from his kids who said some were a teeny bit embellished!)  A lifelong friend of his was in the same company and they landed just three feet from each other in Normandy on D-Day.  That gentleman also died, ironically, just two weeks ago.

I guess sometimes it feels like we don't have the freedoms we used to, but this is still a great country and we owe it to those who were brave enough to make the sacrifices they did.  I am grateful.

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