There was speculation that this would be the last reunion of Easy Company. It’s a lot of work and the vets and their wives don’t travel as easily now. And Bill just can't do it any more. The kids got together for a meeting and created the outline of an organization they will formalize with a 501 ©(3) organization. Bill insisted that a vet be in charge with overall responsibility. Herb Suerth (a genuine peach) volunteered. A very energetic chipper man, “Junior” ran a corporation for years. With a very strong sense of the mission, the kids want to make sure the Easy legacy continues. So that's what it'll be. Cool, huh?
The decision, direct from the Easy men, has been made to restrict future reunions once again to vets and families only. The HBO era of financial support has ended and in truth the men are really finished signing books and being celebrities. And it only took one slavering admirer to make a few of the veterans feel uncomfortable.
They’ve been good soldiers and provided the true glitter to the publicity of BoB and brought their history to millions in three generations who followed theirs. All things considered, it strikes the right note that the reunions revert to a completely exclusive gathering the rest of the way. The men once again have earned their peace and quiet. The rest of us need to return to our lives and leave the Easy men to the rest of theirs.
For me, those five days will remain unforgettable. I am so grateful I was invited. Until then it never occurred to me that I would ever meet my childhood heroes. It’s very hard to compete with a girl’s dad as hero, but those guys always have.
Well, I’ve met my childhood heroes and it turns out they are exactly as I’d seen them -- solid, decent men of strong beliefs and good humor, ordinary men who saved the world. An incomparable gift, that.
Thank you, Easy Company.