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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Neatest bit of history that I've discovered this week

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of England is visiting the United States this week. Yesterday she visited the site of the World Trade Center in New York City and took part in a memorial service there for those who died in the 9/11 attack.

I didn't know until yesterday that Queen Elizabeth II had served her country during World War II. In fact, the Queen is the last surviving head of state who served in uniform during that conflict.

Here is a photograph of Elizabeth Windsor, all of 17 or 18 years old at the time, changing the tire on a British army truck...

The future Queen of England spent a lot of time as a truck mechanic and driver, enthusiastically doing her part to defend England against the dark of war.

I've always thought Elizabeth II was a classy lady. Knowing this about her now, my admiration for her has soared even more.

That was an incredible generation of individuals, sometimes in the most surprising of places. The thought of Queen Elizabeth II being a wrench-toting grease monkey once upon a time... somehow that seems just right, in ways I can't fully express.