By James Joseph Pelosi
Normandy to Berlin: The TREK to Honor the Legacies is written within the point of a old novel. the writer, James Joseph Pelosi, Ph.D., writes approximately his 59-day stroll via fifty eight towns, cities and villages among Omaha seashore at Normandy, France and the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany in 2014 to acknowledge the veterans of 4 Legacy occasions. these occasions have been the anniversaries of the main conflicts of the 20th Century during which hundreds of thousands of individuals of every age, races, creeds and occupations have been affected. July twenty eighth 2014 was once the a hundredth anniversary of the beginning of global battle I (1914–1918). In 4 years of conflict greater than 35 million humans perished. June sixth 2014 marked the seventieth anniversary of the Allied landings at Normandy, France in the course of international conflict II (1939-1945). greater than 160,000 American, British, and Canadian infantrymen supported through greater than 200,000 Allied naval team of workers landed to begin the campaigns that might finish the warfare 11 months later. 70 million humans died within the battle. September thirtieth 2014 used to be the sixty fifth anniversary of the tip of The Berlin Airlift. among 1948 and 1949, the Soviets blocked the Allied rail, highway, and canal entry into West Berlin. through denying entry to foodstuff, gas, and provides and companies essential to reside and paintings, the Soviets was hoping to strength the 3 Western Allies to desert Berlin. November ninth 2014 used to be the twenty fifth anniversary of the autumn of the Berlin Wall. For 28 years among 1961 and 1989, the “Wall of disgrace” remoted West Berlin from East Berlin and East Germany. in the course of that point, the wall was once the main heavily guarded and tough to pass border on this planet. The Berlin Wall used to be destroyed in 1990. american citizens performed a serious function within the consequence of all 4 of those occasions. American taxpayers funded the greater than sixteen million carrier individuals who deployed to Europe in the course of either international wars. They funded, produced, and transported all the plane, ships, cars, guns, apparatus, undefined, and foodstuff used to help the fighters. virtually part one million American army contributors have been killed in the course of seven years of the 2 global wars.
American pilots, flying aid offers from bases in Europe, helped keep the lives of virtually 3 million Berliners through the Berlin Airlift. In that attempt, 31 American army and civilians died. After NATO used to be created to ascertain the Soviet and Warsaw Pact probability to the unfastened international locations of Western Europe, American army and their households served at allied bases all through Western Europe. Dr. Pelosi’s father served as a bomber pilot within the US military Air Corps in the course of international conflict II and 3 years later within the US Air strength through the Berlin Airlift. Berlin used to be Dr. Pelosi’s first task as a military Infantry lieutenant after his commencement from West aspect. The TREK was once his demonstration of aid for all veterans and the contributions made by means of them and their households who served and sacrificed for the U.S. and its allies in the course of struggle and clash. starting at Omaha seashore and within the quarter of Normandy, Dr. Pelosi spoke with veterans, their households, pals and travelers who had traveled to wait the seventieth anniversary of D-Day on June sixth. He describes their sentiments in regards to the veterans who fought in the course of global conflict II. 4 surviving WW II veterans instructed him that their carrier was once the best accomplishment in their lives. His contacts, specially these from the liberated nations, informed him that they can now not think lifestyles if the Allies no longer been successful. He describes their compelling testaments. In Mery-Corbon, France, the Francois kin hosted him as “The Liberator” at a fest at their domestic. Father Pierre in Arlon, Belgium provided day-by-day mass for him. quickly blinded in Germany, his eyesight used to be stored by way of his hotelier, medical professionals and clinic employees. happy with the studies, Dr. Pelosi believes that it's the wish of each person to stay in freedom, loose from oppression, persecution and prejudice. This e-book tells that story.