Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Because I Am a History Geek...

I couldn't resist posting this, and it seems appropriate for Veterans Day.

The Band of Brothers is coming to my town.


Ok, for those of you who do not know why this is such a big deal for me, a quick background: I love World War II history. This is what I focused on when I received my MA in history. The Band of Brothers was originally made famous by Stephen Ambrose's book by the same name, and then HBO turned it into a miniseries that won countless awards and was produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg.

The Band of Brothers are specifically called Easy Company, and were part of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. They went into France on D-Day and ended up at Hitler's Eagle's Nest. Their stories are nothing short of remarkable.

When I saw the headline in my newspaper, I immediately sent a text to my brothers (aha! See? The text is easier in this instance since my brothers are both busy with corn harvest and it's too loud to talk in those combines, y'know!) and an email to my dad.

"Come to Lincoln! The Band of Brothers will be here!"

Why did I contact my brothers and my dad?

Well, I believe all three of them ordered HBO specifically so they could watch the Band of Brothers miniseries. Dad has read the book.

Now you see where I get my fascination with World War II. It runs in the family.

The surviving members of the Band of Brothers will be flown into Nebraska and will be at the Strategic Air and Space Museum. For more details, check out this news story.

I love reading about history, watching it on the big screen, and discussing it with others. But the best part of history is actually speaking to those people who lived it.

I'll get to do that next month.


  1. How wonderful to take your passion to this level, to be able to hear and speak with the individuals who comprise it. And to share it with your family, no less. Enjoy! (P.S. I like your sense of time travel, the way you "texted" your family about the WWII Event. Nice!)

  2. Oh wow! That sounds absolutely fascinating!

  3. That's fantastic, Melissa. I'm a history geek too, especially the 1930s and 40s. And how great that your family gets to join in.

  4. You sound thrilled!! I am happy for you:))

  5. Wow, I admire your zeal for history. I hope you enjoy every moment.

  6. It was an incredible series, I think my whole family enjoyed it.

    How exciting that you'll be able to meet these men who made history with their brave acts. I'm not at all surprised you're thrilled.


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