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One of my very favorite things to do is to join my father and our WWII P47 pilot friend, Bill, at the Tennessee Museum of Aviation http://www.tnairmuseum.com/ in Sevierville, Tenn. It’s a great museum displaying items from World War II, along with a hanger full of airplanes from different eras. The airshows, however, are what make the place great because people gather around veterans and listen to war stories – or just stories in general about what it was like to serve their country. It’s similar to walking into any given pub in Ireland and getting to listen to wonderful, spur-of-the-moment music by the locals who just happen to have brought their instruments along with them. These stories are little jewels you will never read about in history books. These are gifts. They are real stories told by the people who lived them.

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