On May 7, 1945 my father Mike said good-bye to his B-24 crewmates and departed Giullia Field, Italy, after having completed his 35 missions as a ball turret gunner. He was still a 19 year old teenager by age, but not by experience. The next day the war in Europe ended. Many others were not so lucky to make it home. The freedom they and others purchased for us is precious. Let us be vigilent to preserve it from government actions which would substitute compulsion for freedom.