“No official day is adequate for something like that …”
Our twelfth video in this series features Andy Rooney’s famous commentary on “Memorial Day.”
Andy Rooney was perhaps best known for his weekly broadcast “A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney,” which aired as part of the CBS News program “60 Minutes,” from 1978 to
2011. His final regular appearance on “60 Minutes” aired on October 2, 2011. He died one month later, on November 4, 2011, at age 92.
“I have more to remember on Memorial Day than most of you …”
Andy Rooney began his career in newspapers while in the Army when, in 1942, he began writing for “Stars and Stripes,” in London, during World War II.
In February 1943, he was flying with the Eighth Air Force, as a correspondent who flew on the second American bombing raid over Germany. He was the first journalist to reach the Ludendorff Bridge after the 9th Armored Division captured it on March 7, 1945.
Later, Andy Rooney was one of the first American journalists to visit the Nazi concentration camps, and one of the first to write about them.
For his service as a war correspondent in combat zones during the war, Rooney was decorated with the Bronze Star Medal (the Bronze Star), given for either heroic achievement, heroic service, meritorious achievement, or meritorious service in a
combat zone. He was also awarded the Air Medal, given for meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight.
Andy Rooney’s “end-of-show” segment on 60 Minutes, “A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney” (originally “Three Minutes or So With Andy Rooney”), began in 1978, as a summer replacement for the debate segment “Point/Counterpoint.”
If you remember, Rooney was always seated behind a walnut table … his own table, which he had made himself.
Here’s Andy Rooney asking us to “consider what they did for us” …
Let us, also, now, continue to remember, to realize, that
“The price for this freedom has been high …”