76 years ago on May 8th 1945, VE day was declared by both Great Britain and the United States celebrate Victory in Europe Day, two countries with a rich tradition of pipe smoking also. Why Charles Bronson's picture? Although he was best known for his cinematic career, Charles Bronson was a pipe smoker and a highly decorated veteran of World war II. He enlisted in the United States Army Air Forces in 1943 during World War II. He served in the 760th Flexible Gunnery Training Squadron, and in 1945 as a Boeing B-29 Superfortress aerial gunner with the Guam-based 61st Bombardment Squadron within the 39th Bombardment Group, which conducted combat missions against the Japanese home islands. He flew 25 missions and received a Purple Heart for wounds received in battle.
It does not take long to look through that time period to see that many of the notable people that had a remarkable effect on facing the challenges of the time were pipe smokers. Pipe smoking is a reflective process and Pipe smoking is associated with an older, classier time in the world’s history, when people had time to stop and really enjoy a smoke, and tobacco didn’t carry all the negative connotations it has today. Sadly, few if any that are of the political class and or leaders take the time to smoke a pipe and I daresay, most of the current lot would scoff at such a person.
The Arizona pipe club will celebrate VE day on Saturday May 8th starting at 1 PM, and with an eye towards the future we look to celebrate us gradually turning the corner on the Covid situation, that has deeply affected so much of society in the last several months that go back over a year.
Those that feel comfortable in doing so, we hope to see you at the meeting, let's get life back on track no matter the hand we are dealt!
Regards, The Arizona Pipe Club
"Governments may think and say as they like, but force cannot be eliminated, and it is the only real and unanswerable power. We are told that the pen is mightier than the sword, but I know which of these weapons I would choose."~Sir Adrian