Remembering our fathers

Marvin Bond

Marvin Bond

Many, if not most, of us who are baby boomers were fortunate to have fathers who were members of the “Greatest Generation,” and whose life experience included World War II. Many of their fathers’ life experiences included World War I. As we mark the centennial of America’s entry into WWI and the 75th anniversary of WWII, it’s important to learn what they went through on the battlefront and what the rest of America went through on the home front.

They were times of sacrifice, certainly for those who lost lives or limbs, but also for the rest of the country whose lives were dramatically changed during the conflicts. But, those sacrifices steeled one generation to survive the Great Depression and gave the next generation an appreciation for the prosperity so many take for granted today.

In April’s Recreation News, Roland Leiser explored the many special events, exhibits, and experiences relating to World War I taking place throughout the Mid-Atlantic this spring and summer.

We’ll be following up with more on experiences relating to both wars in the fall. Some of these are major museum exhibitions, while others are simply local communities discovering and acknowledging their role in the war.

Each Saturday this month, for example, folks traveling U.S. Route 301 across the Potomac River into Virginia can find museums and other venues along the route from the south end of the Potomac River Bridge, to Port Royal, to Bowling Green, hosting special exhibits. The Virginia War Museum in Newport News brings things to life with a World War I encampment at Endview Plantation, June 17–18.

Check out the World War I feature at and take in something of interest. And, while you’re at it, give thanks for the fathers (and mothers) who answered the call, not just for those wars, but for the series of conflicts that continue today.


Travelers’ Toolbox

Anyone with children or grandchildren knows that installing or transferring children’s car or booster seats can be a chore. The product mifold, “the grab-and-go booster seat,” is one-tenth the size of a regular booster seat, so children ages 4 to 12 can actually keep it with them for a ride with grandparents or other adults. It meets both U.S. and European safety standards for booster seats.

If you want more than the typical case for your smartphone, especially for travel, Nodus makes access and shell cases in Italian leather that protect from the bumps and scratches common to travel while still allowing access to all the ports and features. One case allows the phone to stand, and all are compatible with the company’s Micro Dock, which can attach the phone to any surface, such as car dashboards.


Coming next month

Agritourism round-up

Metro-mountain Roanoke

Mid-Atlantic caverns

Franklin Co. pottery


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