Sunday, June 10, 2012

The Tears of Penelope



This is the wedding picture of Peggy and Billy Harris. It was taken in 1943, shortly before Billy Harris left to fight in WW2. He was a pilot.

On July 17, 1944, his plane disappeared in combat over Northern France, somewhere inland from the Normandy beaches.

And that was the last reliable information she got about his death for sixty years. She kept writing her Congressmen asking for help. None came.

Just a few weeks ago, CBS News located his grave. The information was right there in his service records.

Since then she has sent flowers to his grave ten times.

She never remarried--never even formally had him declared dead.

"He was married to me for all of his life, and I have been married to him for all of my life," she said.

Excuse me, I have to stop now. For some reason my monitor is all blurry. Addendum: http://www.wimp.com/missinghusband/ Watch this. But have a hankie close to hand.

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