Jordan Brown is a 13-year-old World War II buff who embarked upon a campaign to ensure that the WWII vets who served on D-Day are memorialized. This blog follows his journey to Normandy, France to watch the unveiling of the Major Dick Winters monument that he helped raise money to fund.
(Bayeux, France) -- The late Dick Winters has been immortalized, as hundreds gathered to watch the dedication of a monument in his likeness on Wednesday, the 68th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Europe. Major Richard Winters is the soldier atop the monument dedicated to junior US military officers who took part in the D-Day operation. His story as the leader of Easy Company in the 101st Airborne’s Second Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment has become well-known - thanks to the book Band of Brothers and the HBO mini-series.
To the men he served with and their families, Winters holds a special place. Susan Finn’s father was Robert Burr Smith, a sergeant with Easy Company. She says she appreciates how Winters looked after his men. "I always felt that he was very protective of the men, and especially so of my father. I think there was a true fondness of my father from him," Finn says. "I've always felt he shaped my father totally into the man he was." Finn and several other family members of Easy Company veterans were on hand for the dedication ceremony. The event featured a speech by Lebanon County’s Jordan Brown. The 13-year-old has raised close to a quarter of the $400,000 price tag for the project.
Published in Hang Tough 6-6-44: A community blog