Military Monday – We Will Never Forget

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A few weeks ago I returned from a life changing trip to Europe. I was given the opportunity to see so many of the places about which I had researched and written. I also met many people who I had only known through Facebook and email. The most important days though, were 1 May and 2 May.

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James Privoznik’s grave in Luxembourg Cemetery.

1 May 2015 I visited Luxembourg Cemetery to visit my cousin James Privoznik. I wrote his story in my book Stories of the Lost. For three years I researched James’s life and service. He became a very special part of my life the last three years, and it was an honor to take his burial flag from 1948 to the cemetery and fly it. I think heaven knew how emotional I would be that day because it too was crying as we flew the flag and visited his grave. After we flew his flag for several minutes, my dad and I folded it. It was a special moment. We then visited James’s grave.

2 May 2015 a couple of friends, Norbert and Romaine, who visit James’s grave a few times year and honor the service of the 90th Division, in which James fought, met us to take us to the woods where James was killed. Walking in the woods where he fought and was killed on that cold, snowy day 11 January 1945, was a solemn, sad, and very thoughtful experience.  Norbert told me a lot of history of the woods and the battle that took place and he let me wander around on my own. I cried a lot of tears that day for this brave man who gave everything so I could have the life I do today.

    Walking in the woods where James was killed.

Walking in the woods where James was killed.

Today, Memorial Day, I hope you will stop a moment and reflect on all those men and women who gave their lives for our freedom. If you get the chance, visit their graves or walk where they walked. It will be an experience you will never forget.

© 2015, Jennifer Holik

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NGS Conference – WWII Books Available

Cover Vol 1Are you attending the NGS Conference in St. Charles this week? Terri and Jennifer with the In-Depth Genealogist will have a limited quantity of my new World War II Research books available for sale. A Display Copy will be at their table so you can look through it and order the books at your leisure when they sell out!

To view a press release and table of contents for both books, please visit my website.

© 2015, Jennifer Holik, Woodridge, IL

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Military Monday – 70th Anniversary of VE Day

Friday marks the 70th Anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe. To honor those who served, and help you learn how to begin World War II research, locate records, analyze them, and piece together a soldier’s story, I am offering a discount on all my World War II books.

This offer is good today through Sunday, May 11. Just visit my website and order any of the following paperback books directly from my site. Use the 10% discount code: 3CWSCYMZ.

  • Stories from the World War II Battlefield Volume 1 (Army, Air Corps, National Guard)
  • Stories from the World War II Battlefield Volume 2 (Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Merchant Marines)
  • The Tiger’s Widow
  • Stories of the Lost
  • Stories from the Battlefield: A Beginning Guide to World War II Research

While you are on my site, please check out the free World War II Toolbox, Additional Resources for my books, and upcoming appearances.

© 2015, Jennifer Holik, Woodridge, IL

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