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Letters to Lida

A soldier's story of WWII

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.

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Upcoming Events

9th Annual WWII Weekend coming

to Freedoms Foundation campus May 4-5 2019

The Military Living History Association will present its 9th Annual WWII Weekend at Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge on May 4-5.  The weekend will offer an exciting step back into the 1940s, with World War II encampments set up throughout the 42-acre Medal of Honor Grove, mock battles, period fashion shows and concerts, and more.

Charlene will be there with Letters to Lida.

Gates open at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5, Battle reenactments will take place at 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday and 10:15 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday. 

Other activities include a Fashion Show, performances by the Magnolia Sadies Dancers, and Rich DeSimone performing the hits of Frank Sinatra and other tunes.

At 11 a.m. on both days, Mae Krier, of Bucks County, will speak about her experiences as a Rosie the Riveter during the war. On Sunday, at 9:30 a.m., a WWII Field Church Service will be held.

As 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, there will be a special ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday honoring those who participated in this historic event.

Tickets can be purchased online here.

View photos from the 2018 WWII Weekend here. 

This is SSGT David Lemal's plane