It was reported last week that Henry Allingham, one of the last surviving British World War I servicemen, has died at age 113. He could be the last W0rld War I (WWI) veteran to serve in the trenches in Western Europe.
Of course, it’s possible that there is another Tommy out there, but clearly the end is near for a generation.
Claude Choules is now Britain’s last remaining World War I veteran. He served in the Royal Navy and is 108 years old.
In 2007, Lloyd Brown, the last remaining U.S. Navy veteran, and Charlotte Winters, the last U.S. female WWI veteran died. Frank Buckles may be the last U.S. veteran. He served in the Army and is 108 years old.
It’s hard to mourn an entire generation. But for the many people like myself who enjoy history, it is a milestone and opportunity to reflect upon the time period.
Vacation, digital entertainment and my experience this week. I thought I should write about my families trip and our technology gear experience. We are not frequent long-distant travelers but we wanted to take our digital entertainment along the way. Music, movies, books, etc. It was a big trip for us. We drove 625 miles from our home to Deb’s brother’s home outside Buffalo, New York. 465 miles from near Buffalo, New York to Mystic, Connecticut. And finally, 385 miles from Mystic, to home.
My wife, 5 year old daughter and I traveled with a 1st generation iPod Touch, a 2nd generation iPod Touch, a Sandisk Sansa e280, a portable DVD player, and two MacBooks. The iPods and Sansa were used often while on the 11 hour drive to Buffalo. My wife has become a fan of reading books on her Touch with the Amazon Kindle App for iPhone. Plus her music, of course. Erica’s Sansa was loaded with her music. And my Touch was loaded with podcasts and audio books from LibriVox.org. This routine happens even on short trips. We don’t fight about the radio, only about how loud Erica is singing. Also, Erica will switch back and forth between her music, her DVD player and coloring.
I watched “The Wind That Shakes the Barley” on Netflix. Great movie about the Irish Uprising in the early Nineteenth Century. Not for the faint at heart though. Some scenes are very graphic and emotional. Worth checking out.
The Wind That Shakes the Barley trailer on YouTube.