As we prepare to observe Memorial Day, I am thinking about wars.  In recent years, there has been increased attention to the First World War and the tremendous toll it took on the affected countries and on the soldiers, many of whom faced unimaginable horrors.  We will continue to see more books published on this war which was being fought 100 years ago.

There is no one left who fought in World War I, but the memory of those who were killed is still passed down in many families. I have been in a frenzy of genealogical research, and I have come across some information and so many photos of doughboys.  One, my Great-Uncle Jack Cariello, was a singing waiter and a tailor.   He arrived in France in June, 1918, Private First Class, Medical Detachment, 361st Infantry. He was killed September 27, 1918, when he was decapitated by a shell. He was buried in American Cemetery, Epinonville, Meuse, France.

"They shall grow not old,

as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them,

nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun

and in the morning

We will remember them."

- Robert Laurence Binyon, "For the Fallen", 1914

World War II is closer in memory, and other wars and conflicts: Korea, Viet Nam, the Middle East. Remember those who perished. Visit a cemetery. Decorate graves.

World War I

The war to end all wars : World War I /Freedman, Russell. 940.3 FRE

The greatest day in history: How, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the First World War finally came to an end /Best, Nicholas, 940.439 BES

Charly's war, 17 October 1916-21 February 1917/Mills, Pat   F MIL

All quiet on the western front /Remarque, Erich Maria,  F REM

Crossing stones /Frost, Helen  F FRO

Christmas in the trenches /McCutcheon, John. E MCC

In Flanders fields : the story of the poem by John McCrae /Granfield, Linda. J 811 GRA

The silver donkey /Hartnett, Sonya. J F HAR

World War II

D-day landings : the story of the Allied invasion /Platt, Richard.  J 940.54 PLA

Early Sunday morning : the Pearl Harbor diary of Amber Billows /Denenberg, Barry.  J F DEN

I'll be home for Christmas: the spirit of Christmas during World War II/Spain, Tom, ed  940.548 SPA

The Library of Congress World War II companion /Wagner, Margaret E  .940.53 KEN

No ordinary time : Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt : the home front in World War II /Goodwin, Doris Kearns.  973.917 GOO

Postcards from no man's land /Chambers, Aidan. F CHA

Rescue at Los Baños : the most daring prison camp raid of World War II /Henderson, Bruce B.,  940.53 HEN - look for my grandfather's name at the back of this book: Septimus Whitaker

Saints and soldiers  DVD F FAM

Together we cannot fail : how FDR led the nation from darkness to victory through hope, courage, and an unwavering trust in the American people /Golway, Terry  ,973.917092 GOL

Unbroken : a World War II story of survival, resilience, and redemption /Hillenbrand, Laura.  940.54 HIL

Where the birds never sing : the true story of the 92nd Signal Battalion and the liberation of Dachau /Sacco, Jack.  940.54 SAC

Viet Nam
The journal of Patrick Seamus Flaherty, United States Marine Corps /White, Ellen Emerson.J F WHI

The lotus eaters /Soli, Tatjana.F SOL

Medic! : the story of a conscientious objector in the Vietnam War /Sherman, Ben.  B SHE

Reconciliation road : a family odyssey of war and honor /Marshall, John Douglas. 355.2 MAR

The things they carried : a work of fiction /O'Brien, Tim,  F OBR

The Vietnam War : a concise international history /Lawrence, Mark Atwood  .959.704 LAW 

A wall of names : the story of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial /Donnelly, Judy.  J 959.704 DON

What it is like to go to war /Marlantes, Karl.  959.70434 MAR

Middle East

The Taliban shuffle : strange days in Afghanistan and Pakistan /Barker, Kim,  958.104 BAR

The ground truth: sometimes the greatest act of courage is to tell the truth    DVD 956.70443 GRO

The junior officers' reading club : killing time and fighting wars /Hennessey, Patrick,  B HEN

Nubs : a mutt, a Marine & a miracle /Dennis, Brian,  E DEN

Why we fight   DVD 956 WHY