Peace Prevails Over War, Christmas 1914
Join author Rochelle Pennington as she discusses the factual account of the 1914 battlefield Christmas truce, featured in her book Christmas Gifts: Ten of the Greatest Ever Given. The truce is remembered today as “the most extraordinary event in military history” and “the grand human moment.”
Pennington's program will detail the amazing circumstances surrounding 100,000 enemy combatants who “met in the middle” on Christmas and halted a war. The author will draw directly from the written memories of soldiers who were there, as recorded in diaries, letters home, and published in newspaper articles. Vintage photographs will be presented by power-point, including photos of soldiers exchanging gifts beside Christmas trees lit with candles on the battlefield. Authentic World War I artifacts from the author’s personal collection will be on display. Bring tissues. This program is a tear-jerker (in a good way).