Read Lori Sturdevant's column in the Star Tribune: "Lasting impressions from World War II" (November 10, 2009). Click here for the full article.
Excerpt: "They're slipping away rapidly now, the GIs whose heroism defeated tyranny on three continents almost 65 years ago. Chances to hear their stories, know their lessons and thank them are fleeting, and ought not be passed by. This Veterans Day I'll be reflecting on the World War II stories of two Minnesota octogenarians. They served on opposite sides of the globe. But in the wake of the violence last week on an Army base in Texas, these two veterans illustrate that through the years, American soldiers have often been agents of peace.
Today in Jerusalem, in the Hall of Remembrance at Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust museum, a Minnesota state legislator will be honored for his role in liberating a number of Nazi slave labor camps in 1945."
"State Rep. Bernie Lieder, DFL-Crookston, is part of a 10-member legislative delegation touring Israel at its own expense this week to learn more about such 21st-century concerns as renewable energy and water conservation. But today the group will pause and reflect on some of the defining days of the 20th century, from the spring of 1945."