Letters to Lida is an historical account of World War II in the words of B-29 tail-gunner, Staff Sergeant David Lemal. The story is based on 150 letters David wrote to his mother, Lida, during the war and his reflections, as he read those letters to his daughter, nearly seventy years later.
For the first time since 1945, Staff Sergeant David J. Lemal shared details of his World War II experience, including his combat missions over Japan. These compelling war stories missed the letters and history books.
Letters to Lida illustrates the fortitude of a vanishing generation and offers an inside glimpse into the harsh realities of a soldier’s life before, during and after combat. In these pages are secrets many World War II soldiers never shared.
Letters to Lida illuminates the silent costs of conflict and the power of love to triumph over the indignities of war. It is a story told by a soldier and his daughter.
UPCOMING BOOK SIGNINGS BY DAVID J. LEMAL AND EVENTS:
HONOR FLIGHT. PLEASE WRITE A SHORT NOTE, IF YOU ARE SO INCLINED, TO DAVID LEMAL THANKING HIM FOR HIS SERVICE. Like David, many veterans came home without a parade, without thanks and went right back to work and never spoke about the war, some for decades, some forever.
David Lemal is being escorted by his daughter Charlene on the Tour of Honor trip to the WWII Memorial on October 11. Please help us honor our World War II veterans!
Honor Flight Philadelphia is asking citizens of this great nation, young and old, to take a moment to write “thank you” letters to our veterans, which will be delivered to them on October 11, 2016 during their next Tour of Honor to Washington, DC where they will visit the memorial dedicated to their service and sacrifice. Although we can never repay them, this tour and these letters are just a small token of our appreciation for all that they have endured so we can live in a free society.
Deadline for Letters: September 25, 2016
Please mail all letters to:
Honor Flight Philadelphia
P.O. Box #003
Broomall, PA 19008
For more information, please contact JoDean@ 610-627-1494
Thursday September 29, 2016
David Lemal will speak about his WWII experiences at the Lehigh Valley Veterans History Project in Allentown. Free Admission.
1633 Elm Street Allentown, Pa. 7:00 PM
July 11, 2016 Avalon, N.J. Library 7:00pm – 8:00pm
David J. Lemal is a VIP Guest Speaker at the Reading Show and will be speaking on Sunday June 5, 2016
Graeme Park WWII Weekend: Stories from the men and women who served, West Chester Swing Band/Dance and more.
December 2, 2015 UNION LIBRARY COMPANY of HATBORO presents WAR STORIES SPEAKER SERIES
FIRST HAND ACCOUNTS OF AMERICANS AT WAR
Come hear experiences of our neighbors
who have served our country !
Mr. David J. Lemal
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Location: Lehman Methodist Church, 300 S. York Road, Hatboro David J. Lemal Dec 2 2015
SOLDIERS’ CHRISTMAS At Graeme Park Saturday November 28, 2015 11-4 Free Admission. See how soldiers celebrated the holidays on the battlefront during different eras and different wars (Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, WWII) Crafts for Sale * Visit with Santa – 12-3 * Musical Entertainment * Refreshments Available * Collection for Active Military Serving Overseas www.graemepark.org
Charlene Briggs will be there with Letters to Lida. 10% LETTERS TO LIDA SALES ARE DONATED TO VETS JOURNEY HOME TO SUPPORT VETERANS WITH PTSD.