The past is all around us. No matter where we live, there are stories that bind us together and link the past to the present. This is especially true when we think about World War II. All we have to do is open the door to the past and walk through. There we will discover the people, places, and events which have stories to share. Stories which help us remember and honor those who fought and died, and those left behind at home.
The past is never really over. It exists within our history, both collectively and individually. Remembrance allows us to re-examine this history to create a better future. In remembering we are asked to be truthful, honest, and not distort the past to suit our present. We must examine all sides of the story, not just what happened to us or our ancestors. Being strong enough to examine events truthfully provides the opportunity for us to lay down the burdens of our shared past and those carried by our ancestors.
In this moving, engaging, and informative presentation, Jennifer shares the answers to questions:
- Where do we find the stories of our past and how can we capture them?
- What do we do with the stories when we find them?
- What commonalities do we find between us and others involved in the war?
- What lessons can we learn? How can we find and offer forgiveness, provide closure and healing?
- How do we honor the memory of those who died?
- And, how can we preserve the stories and pass the lessons to future generations?
Through our stories and examination of history, the past will come alive, lessons will be passed down through the generations, healing will occur, and all those who lived will not be forgotten.
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