Who We Were

True Stories From the Veterans Living at the Armed Forces Retirement Home

by Residents of the AFRH

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Who We Were

True Stories From the Veterans Living at the Armed Forces Retirement Home

by Residents of the AFRH

Published Nov 23, 2011
62 Pages
Genre: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Cultural Heritage



 

Book Details

Unsung Heroes

In Who We Were, Antoinette Ford presents vignettes from the lives of veterans, from World War II to the present day. When Toni’s ninety-year-old father, who lived at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in the District of Columbia, told her that he “drove ducks” in WWII, and that he was a part of “The Red Ball Express,” she was inspired to research what he was talking about. This journey into unrecorded – or least under-recorded and undercelebrated – history was all she needed to fuel her appetite for more. The stories told in this book are the little-known perceptions and warm memories of the residents of the AFRH and their friends. Toni and The Double Nickels Theatre Company, which she founded, have recorded, written, collected, and staged these and other stories from the residents of the Armed Forces Retirement Home.

 

About the Author

Residents of the AFRH

Antoinette Ford is passionate about celebrating the lives of the veterans of our military services and the senior members of our society. She is what the old folks used to call “an old soul,” always sitting with her grandparents and great-grandparents, listening to their stories and eavesdropping on their conversations. Toni recognizes where true learning and knowledge originate, if we are lucky: from the experiences of those who have gone before us. Toni and The Double Nickels Theatre Company have established a club on the AFRH campus, called The SpeakEasy. The residents gather to tell their stories, while Toni and others working with The Double Nickels record them. Listening to elders remains an awe-inspiring experience for Antoinette Ford.