Last night Husband and I watched a fantastic classic, "The Best Years Of Our Lives." Made in 1946, starring Dana Andrews, Fredric March and Myrna Loy, it deals with returning WWII veterans trying to readjust to their old civilian lives. There is also a very poignant performance done by a man who, prior to this movie, had never acted before in his life.....Harold Russell.
Mr. Russell was an actual veteran who had lost both his hands in the course of duty, and had learned to use prosthetic hooks to manage those everyday tasks we take for granted. The director, William Wyler, had seen Mr. Russell in an Army film that featured different veterans, and thought he would be perfect for the part of Homer Parrish.
Homer returns home to find his family doesn't know how to react to his disability, which causes him to push away his fiance, Wilma, thinking she won't want to marry him now. She tries to tell him she wants to marry him anyway....the following scene from the movie Homer shows Wilma just what they'd be up against, to see if she can handle it. Wilma handles it beautifully.
True love doesn't let disabilities get in the way!
If you've never seen the movie and wish to watch it, I believe someone has uploaded it to YouTube in 10 minute increments.
Two of my dad's older brothers, Charles and Clyde, both served in WWII. Some photos from the family album:
And, a telegram sent from Clyde to the family back at home in Nebraska:
Have a great weekend, and remember to honor those veterans of all wars who fought to give us the freedom we know today.