Today, Westport honors our veterans.
After the Memorial Day parade there will be speeches across from Town Hall. A wreath will be laid; “Taps” will echo.
If your MO is to bolt as soon as your Little Leaguer or Brownie marches by — try something different. Stay; head over to the ceremony. It’s the least you can do to honor those who served our country.
You’ll be inspired — and so will your kids.
On Veterans Green, check out the World War II memorial. Read the names of hundreds of Westporters. Think about what they — and so many others in town — sacrificed, so we can watch a parade, have a picnic, enjoy ourselves.
I don’t know whether “Tania Long” is on that list. She was a war correspondent for the New York Times.
But look at her photo — she’s in uniform. The picture was taken in London on February 1, 1943.
“06880” reader Charlie Taylor spotted this on the National Archives website. It lists her hometown: Westport, Conn.
I have never heard Tania Long’s name before. I don’t know anything about her life here — if she went to Staples; what she wrote; whether she came back to Westport after the war.
Or if she came back anywhere.
I don’t know Tania Long at all. But today is her day, as much as every veteran’s.
I’ll be thinking of her.
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