A Heroes’ Keepsake: Memoirs of Christmas at War by Deedee Wright

Deedee Wright currently interprets history and archaeology at Historic Jamestowne, the site of the first permanent English settlement in America, in Virginia.  Proceeds from the sale of her book, A Heroes’ Keepsake: Memoirs of Christmas at War (Booklocker.com, 66 pp., $12.95, paper), go to Fisher House, which provides lodging to families of service members receiving treatment at military medical centers around the nation.

The short book consists of a ragtag, grab-bag of fourteen pieces in many forms—poetry, verse, diary entries, essay, and missives. All are related to war and Christmas.

This collection is arranged chronologically, beginning with the American Revolution, then to World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The book is a timely reminder that America is a country made by and defined by war. It concludes with a quote from that great warrior of freedom, Ronald Reagan, and a quote from the Bible.

There is an excellent list of permissions and also a bibliography. The book cover blurb promises that this small book “is filled with Christmas stories throughout American’s history in war.” It more than makes good on that promise.

Buy this book to support a good cause and to get a powerful sample of how Christmas has intersected with America’s wars.

—David Willson