Lori Ann Day
What sparked Lori’s interest in writing war poetry was the fact that her mother had a brother named Vincent Spikula who died in World War II when hit by shrapnel. Lori learned about the lasting affects that the callousness of war has on families, and the war it wages not only on the victim, but also on the family members throughout a lifetime. Her work is dedicated to Vincent Spikula, and all the soldiers who have served, survived, and died.
As a singer, Lori has been in the position to hear first hand many wartime stories from people who have returned from different wars, and who have graciously shared their experiences. She has had friends from many other countries who have shared their sides too. When asked which side she is on”, Lori always replies, “The side of peace.” The casualties, soldiers and civilians, on both sides, bother her and she attempts to share both sides of the story in her writing.
(P.S.) Vincent Spikula’s mother, Anna Spikula, now deceased, had a hard time becoming an American Citizen. She told the mayor of the town, “If I am good enough to give my son over to the government for war, and lose my only son, surely I am good enough to become a citizen.” She was granted citizenship. Vincent traded his life for the Purple Heart, and left the family with letters written from places he had been stationed until he arrived in the area of the Battle of the Bulge.