As Sunday’s 100-year observance of Veteran’s Day approached, Boulder’s Walter Young was reminiscing about his grandfather’s service in World War I, as he usually does this time of year.
Veteran’s Day is a day to celebrate and reflect upon those who have fought and laid down their lives for their country. One century ago, the armistice to end World War I began, and an American medic wrote home from the front lines to tell of the experience.
On the night of Nov. 11 1918, Young’s grandfather, Sgt. Bradford Hathaway, wrote a letter to his sister-in-law about what life was like on the front lines and about news of the newly signed armistice that took effect that day.
Even 100 years after it was written, Young chokes up every time he reads it.
“Just having this personal connection to that day and to that event, it’s a very important and special time in history. It’s been 100 years since he wrote it,” Young said. “And still it gives me a sense of pride and a sense of joy knowing that he survived, and that he was able to pass on such an eloquent description of what was happening.”
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