Best-selling author honors veterans with WWII tales

Marion Watkins, Sen. Bob Dole and Tom Brokaw chat before the Legacy Lecture. (WTOP/Kristi King)
Marion Watkins, Sen. Bob Dole and Tom Brokaw chat before the Legacy Lecture at the National Defense University in Southwest D.C. Tuesday. (WTOP/Kristi King)
The crowd applauds the arrival of Sen. Bob Dole at Tom Brokaw's Legacy Lecture. (WTOP/Kristi King)
The crowd applauds the arrival of Sen. Bob Dole at Tom Brokaw’s Legacy Lecture. (WTOP/Kristi King)
Tom Brokaw joked with the audience at the National Defense University in Southwest D.C. Tuesday as he shared WWII tales during his Legacy Lecture. (WTOP/Kristi King)
Tom Brokaw joked with the audience as he shared WWII tales during his Legacy Lecture. (WTOP/Kristi King)
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Marion Watkins, Sen. Bob Dole and Tom Brokaw chat before the Legacy Lecture. (WTOP/Kristi King)
The crowd applauds the arrival of Sen. Bob Dole at Tom Brokaw's Legacy Lecture. (WTOP/Kristi King)
Tom Brokaw joked with the audience at the National Defense University in Southwest D.C. Tuesday as he shared WWII tales during his Legacy Lecture. (WTOP/Kristi King)
Author Tom Brokaw on The Greatest Generation (Kristi King)

WASHINGTON — In honor of Veterans Day, New York Times best-selling author and journalist Tom Brokaw told tales about World War II at the National Defense University in Southwest D.C. Tuesday.

Brokaw’s talk was part of the annual Haydn Williams World War II Memorial Legacy Lecture series sponsored by Friends of the National World War II Memorial, a nonprofit organization dedicated to keeping the legacy, lessons and sacrifices of World War II alive.

His lecture included lots of light moments exploring stories from his 1998 bestseller “The Greatest Generation” — a book following the stories of men and women who lived through the Great Depression and World War II.

“They learned how to work together and get things done,” Brokaw said about the generation.

WTOP’s Kristi King contributed to this report.

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