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Call to Duty from Boys Town

Honoring Those Who Have Answered the Call to Duty

June 6, 2019     By Father Steven Boes, President and National Executive Director, Boys Town

Boys Town History, Village of Boys Town

As sailors, they braved the perils of the open sea; as aviators, they took the fight to the enemy high above the earth; as soldiers, they battled their way through steamy jungles, over scorching desert sands, across muddy farm fields, and up and down frigid mountain ranges. They served in different branches of the service and fought in different times and places. But they all called Boys Town home.

Since Boys Town's founding in 1917, thousands of its former citizens have proudly served in the country's armed forces, both in wartime and in peace. Nearly 70 are known to have died in combat, and scores more were wounded. From Pearl Harbor, where three of Father Flanagan's "boys" were killed in the attack that drew the United States into World War II, to the most recent conflicts to defeat America's enemies in the Middle East, former citizens of Boys Town have answered the nation's call, representing themselves honorably and bravely on the battlefield.

In peacetime, Boys Town alumni in the armed forces have distinguished themselves as leaders and loyal watchmen of freedom, at home and abroad. For many, military service continued the structure and discipline they learned at Boys Town and provided a springboard for their success in future careers.

As we pause to observe the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, and remember those who gave so much on that historic day, Boys Town takes pride in all of its former citizens – men and women – who have served and are currently serving in uniform and thanks them for the sacrifices they have made to protect and defend our great nation. They hold a special place of honor at Boys Town, where children have found healing and hope for more than 100 years.

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