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Jill Atwood reporting The images of bombs dropping in Baghdad stir up memories for a generation familiar with the drama and ugliness of war. Today, World War II era veterans sent e-mails to soldiers abroad.
But because some of them aren't too computer savvy, some high school students offered a little e-support.
We've heard there is nothing more important to the troops than word from home. And now they're hearing from people who've been there and done that.
Lucimae Pyott-Christiansen: "THE PLANES CAME OVER AND THEY HAD RISING SUNS ON THE BOTTOM, AND I WAS JUST A BLOCK AWAY FROM WHEELER FIELD."
Naomi Williams: "I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO PRAY ALWAYS AND ASK FOR THE LORD'S PROTECTION, AND TO KEEP YOU OUT OF HARM'S WAY."
Rosaline Markley: "I KNOW WHAT IT IS TO BE ALONE. MY HUSBAND WAS SERVING IN THE PACIFIC AS A THIRD MATE MERCHANT MARINE.."
From America's Greatest Generation, to America's next Greatest Generation.
Today these senior citizens enjoy their twilight years, but never forget the sacrifices made in order to get to this point. With the help of some Brighton High School students, their words go from paper, to computer, to American soldier.
Ross Williams: "DEAR BRAVE CITIZENS OF THE GREATEST COUNTRY ON EARTH, THANK YOU FOR YOUR WONDERFUL SERVICES."
"I BECAME A CITIZEN IN 1922. BEING AN IMMIGRANT FROM EUROPE, I AM VERY GRATEFUL TO HAVE BECOME A PART OF SUCH A WONDERFUL NATION."
Lucimae Pyott Christiansen: "HE KISSED ME GOODBYE AND I DIDN'T SEE HIM FOR TEN DAYS AND I DIDN'T KNOW IF HE HAD SURVIVED. THEY EVACUATED ME INTO HONOLULU THAT DAY. AND I WAS EXPECTING MY FIRST CHILD."
"BECAUSE I'M NEARLY 85 YEARS OF AGE, I HAVE NEEDED THE LORD'S HELP MANY TIMES. I KNOW THAT HE HEARS AND ANSWERS PRAYERS."
"AFTER THE WAR WE HAD A LONG HAPPY LIFE TOGETHER. SO NOW HOPEFULLY YOU CAN HAVE SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO WHEN YOU RETURN. IT WILL BE A GREAT REUNION. GODSPEED AND GOOD LUCK. SINCERELY, ROSALINE MARKLEY."
Thanks to the folks at Coventry Independent Living for letting us sit in today. Again, letters from home are part of what keep the troops going.