A New Meaning for Citizen-Soldiers

For years, like lots of people, I’ve driven up-and-down Virginia’s highways glancing at roadsigns acknowledging the famed 29th Division Infantry Division. I’ve seen a movie or two about the Fighting 29th. I know about the national memorial in Bedford, Virginia. I’ve even known men who fought in the unit. I’ve heard stories of those who died on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day.

Nothing has been as riveting as reading Christian Davenport’s book, As You Were, To War and Back with the Black Hawk Battalion of the Virginia National Guard. This is a well-written, powerful book of a one-year experience of this Washington Post reporter embedded with the Virginia National Guard.… Read More