Medaling the Hard Way

The World War II veteran is a storied and legendary figure in our history: a maverick, tough-talking soldier who battled through all manner of hardships to keep his country safe from a multitude of threats between 1941 and 1945. And although every Memorial Day sees all-day marathons of war flicks on cable, it seems like people know less and less about the sacrifices made by those who fought in Europe and the Pacific not so long ago. It's a shame that fewer and fewer people know about Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier in World War II. Murphy was symbolic of the scrappy attitude displayed by many combat soldiers during the war--he lied about his age to enlist, he fought like hell and then came back a hero. Murphy's good looks and heroic acts made him a figurehead that Hollywood and the entire nation embraced. The spitfire Texas native is still honored during a special, state-designated celebration each year on his birthday, keeping the World War II spirit alive for the generations who might not otherwise know Midway from Normandy. The American Cotton Museum, 600 Interstate 30 East in Greenville, does their part to keep the legend alive during Audie Murphy Days this Friday and Saturday with a tribute to Murphy and all of his fellow soldiers. The event is free and includes speakers, Q&As, movies, displays and much more. A Friday night concert by Murphy's friend Johnny Western will be $10. Visit for more information.
Fri., June 26, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat., June 27, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., 2009