Continue to ride the patriotic wave that is sweeping across your land—and my land, from California, to the New York, island—by stopping into the National Air and Space Museum this afternoon.
Between noon and 5 p.m., retired Air Force colonel Wolfgang Samuel will be on hand to answer questions and sign copies of his books, German Boy: A Child in War and I Always Wanted to Fly: America’s Cold War Airmen. Samuel’s memoir, German Boy, is a powerful account of what it was like growing up in Nazi-occupied Germany, escaping the Russian army, and fleeing to the US where his mother often exchanged sexual favors so he and his siblings could eat. I Always Wanted to Fly is an oral history of America’s Air Force members from the Berlin Airlift through Vietnam—some of whom served beside Samuel during his 30-year Air Force stint, while others were members who inspired him to immigrate and later enlist. It is the first account of our country’s Cold War airmen in their words.
Held in the museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., free.