DICK WINTERS HONORED ON ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY, 6/6/44

This article tells of a great fundraising event to honor Dick Winters, one of the consumate leaders of Operation Overlord, so well-depicted in the HBO Band of Brothers mini-series. Several castmembers were at the Lancaster Barnstormers baseball game to commemorate the Allied attack on the beaches of Normandy, France and to raise money for a statue of Dick Winters to be erected at this most important site.

We must never forget what happened during World War II and the incredible human beings who lost their lives fighting against the German war machine. We must equally remember and honor those brave men and women who are still here to tell us about it. We pause to thank the members of Easy Company, most especially the two who were able to come to the event: Babe Heffron and “Wild Bill” Guarnere.

HONORING THE PASSING OF MAJOR DICK WINTERS, HERO OF “BAND OF BROTHERS”

“You are loved and will never be forgotten by any soldier that ever served under you,” one of his men wrote to Mr. Winters in 1945. “I would follow you into hell.”

This article highlights the story of one of the many self-effacing heroes of World War II and his company of men, The Easy Company, 506th regiment of the 101st Airborne Division. Their stories were first told in the book “Band of Brothers” by Stephen Ambrose, and then so effectively in the HBO emmy award-winning miniseries, “Band of Brothers,” produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks. Before the fame that the book and television series brought him, Mr. Winters lived a quiet life on a farm. Certainly he didn’t describe himself as a hero, (his men would disagree) but Winters often quoted his friend, Mike Ranney: “…I served in a company of heroes.”