Monday, October 1, 2012
Stars and Stripes Honor Flight has taken 2,239 veterans from southeastern Wisconsin to see the WWII Memorial and other memorials in Washington, DC. The film documenting their stories continues to draw attention.
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Monday, October 1, 2012
Editor's note: The following information is taken from a press release provided by Stars and Stripes Honor Flight. The documentary film that follows the story of Stars and Stripes Honor Flight was picked to be the Opening Night Film at the fourth annual Naples International Film Festival in Naples, FL, on Nov. 1. Organizers of the Naples Film Festival say they are excited to host the East coast premiere of "The Story of Stars and Stripes Honor Flight," a powerful feature-length documentary that chronicles one community’s mission to honor the rapidly diminishing numbers of World War II veterans before they are gone. 1,300 tickets will be sold for the opening night film and party at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts in Naples. Click here …
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
After taking a trip to the 9/11 Memorial, Sara reflects on what was missing at the memorial site and what is missing today.
Every morning I wake up to a giant framed photograph of the New York City skyline. On the opposite wall in my bedroom a canvas showing off Central Park greets me. In my small, two bedroom flat, I have no less than 14 photos of my favorite city adorning my walls. New York is art to me. A simple snapshot can bring on countless daydreams. Romantic ones. Successful ones. Awe inspiring ones. New York City is a place of dreamers and compound history. It's a place of tall state-of-the-art buildings built beside 200-year-old cobblestone roads. It's steel, it's green, it's red, it's white and it's blue. But for a moment 11 years ago all that stopped. New York City wasn't a place dreams were made of, it was a place nightmares were scared of. Eleven…
Monday, April 9, 2012
Mount Pleasant native, writer, inventor, family man leaves behind cherished memories and a story of which to be proud.
I spent last week on a trip to Connecticut. We drove 18 hours straight each way and boy, my age is sure showing. I am still exhausted. But it was all more than worth it. Our trip was not a festive one. It was not a vacation or a respite of any kind. Our last minute travel was due to a sad event, the funeral of my husband’s grandfather. What I learned about Grandpa Jerry during those 4 days was inspiring to say the least. And it was clear that the family is, indeed, experiencing a great loss. Jerry Shaff was a father, husband, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, brother, inventor, writer and a man full of lessons, humor and morals. Jerry had five children, four step children, 19 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. When we …
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Local soldier was killed in Iraq in 2004.
Daniel Wyatt served in the Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 24th Marine Reserve regiment out of Milwaukee. And it was with those men - Capt. Roman Koshkin and Col. Morgan Mann - who came to a memorial ceremony at Crawford Park to honor Wyatt's service to his country. Hundreds of people gathered at the park to listen to Mann tell the story of Wyatt's death, which happened on October 12, 2004, and his life as a Marine. Several times Mann's voice cracked as he told how he heard and felt the explosion, how the radio came alive with the news that Daniel had died from the blast of an improvised explosive device and how Wyatt had most certainly saved his fellow Marines. Village board member, Tom Weatherston, said he didn't know Wyatt, but when you've …