He never thought twice about joining the Army Airforce, it was simply the right thing to do. The country was at war and he wanted to help. 89-year-old Scott Duvall remembers his days in World War II, when he loaded bombs and prepared planes for missions, like it was yesterday. He also recalls when pilots did not survive their missions, never returning to base. That is why Memorial Day is an important day to him and to all of the veterans at Windham Terrace Assisted Living.
“A lot of people died and it’s a thing that shouldn’t have happened,” said Duvall. “I don’t think you should forget it, at all.”
Duvall was stationed just north of London during World War II. He loaded B-17s with bombs and ammunition. He paid special attention to ensure that everything was placed in the planes properly.
“We would give them a wave and say, ‘See you when you get back,’” said Duvall. “We would hope the planes would come back. Sometimes, they didn’t. When that happened, you didn’t have too much time to think about it. You had to accept it and say, ‘That’s war, you have to expect that.’”
Duvall even experienced some close calls himself. While on base, German planes would fly overhead and bomb the airfields. He would hear the base alert go off, and he waited to see what would happen next.
“I would think, here we go, here they are again,” said Duvall. “After a while, you get used to it. There’s not much you can do about it. A couple of times, places near us got bombed.”
Duvall and other veterans at Windham Terrace Assisted Living will stop to pay tribute on Memorial Day. They will hold an intimate memorial outside by the flagpole and will place flags around the pole to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
“We want to pay tribute to all Americans lost in combat,” said Lynda Brislin, executive director for Windham Terrace Assisted Living. “Memorial Day is a chance for us to stop and remember.”
Windham Terrace is the premiere assisted living community located in the quaint town of Windham, New Hampshire, close to many shops, restaurants, and services. Located just north of the Massachusetts border, it is a short drive from the greater Boston area. Medical care and physician care is easily accessible with the four area medical centers located within five to ten miles. Windham Terrace offers supplemental nursing care as well, which stands the community apart from assisted living communities in Massachusetts due to state restrictions. For more information, please see Windham Terraces web pages.