Meadville Tribune

November 3, 2013

Through a Veteran's Eye salute schedule


Meadville Tribune

MEADVILLE — Through a Veteran’s Eye: A Salute Now and Then

2013 Schedule of Events 

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7   

OPENING CEREMONY — 8:30 A.M. 

Welcome — Krista Geer, executive director of Active Aging, and Jerry Alonge of Vantage HealthCare

Invocation — Rev. Brian Jensen, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Meadville                 

Raising of the American Flag, Volley and Taps — Veterans of the Foreign Wars of the U.S. Post 2006, Color Guard, Meadville, and Veterans of the Vietnam War Post 52, Meadville

National Anthem — Meadville Area High School Brass Ensemble

Pledge of Allegiance — Eagle Scout

Remarks — Fred Cunningham and Agnes Folmar, co-chairs of the Veterans Committee

Recognition of Veterans Salute Committee — Pam Roberts, community services director with Active Aging

Special Ceremony to honor Prisoners Of War — Harold E. Andrews, Korean War; Joseph A. Basile, World War II; Harold W. Beerbower, Korean War; Paul R. Graham, World War II; Arthur J. Helmbreck, World War II; Dr. John G. Robb, World War II; Charles E. Rudler, World War II.

Missing Man Ceremony by Post 52 of the Veterans of the Vietnam War



COFFEE AND DONUTS — 8:45 to 9:20 a.m.

  

MEMORABILIA DISPLAYS — 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Inside, explore history through exhibitions and displays of authentic military artifacts from around the world. Meet the veterans who have kept and cherished these historic treasures. Outside, view restored and maintained vintage military vehicles.

10:15 a.m. — War Dogs: Dogs played a crucial role in the war effort. Learn how civilian dogs were trained and certified to serve and aid American soldiers.

1 p.m. — Rations: Come learn about the cook’s vital role in the daily life of a soldier serving oversees. Open up a couple of K-Rations and see what’s for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

2:30 p.m. — World War II Survival Gear: Take a close look at the survival kits, rescue radios and emergency rations that were used to help keep you alive whether in the jungle or on the open sea.



SPEAKER SERIES — 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Veterans from various military branches and conflicts will speak about their unique experiences while in the service.

9:30 to 10:45 a.m.: “Victory bound,” story of Milton McCracken and his crew.

Speaker: Lucy Nesbitt

Speaker focus: My dad, the gunner

Speaker: Harry McCracken

Speaker focus: Rescuing my brother held at German Prisoner of War camp

Chair: Bob Moyers

11 a.m. to noon: “Coast Guard in World War II”

Speaker: Jack Read

Speaker focus: D-Day — the Coast Guard

Speaker: Earnest Sheets

Speaker focus: Monitoring the airwaves

Chair: Abe Finton/Ray Packard

12:15 to 1:15 p.m.: “Landings of World War II”

Speaker: Arden Earl

Speaker focus: Normandy

Speaker: David Miller

Speaker focus: Pacific theaters — LSM

Chair: Abe Finton/Ray Packard

1:30 to 2:30 p.m.: “Korean War”

Speaker: William G. King

Speaker focus: Basic training

Speaker: John Culbertson

Speaker focus: Supplying the ammunition

Chair: Richard Runnels/Lon Wilson

2:30 to 3:30 p.m.: “Korea and the Air Force”

Speaker: Victor Collier

Speaker focus: My time in Korea

Speaker: Lloyd Green

Speaker focus: A look at duties

Chair: Richard Runnels/Lon Wilson

3:45 to 5 p.m.: “Vietnam: What I saw”

Speaker: Sam Copeland

Speaker focus: Aero Medical Evacuations

Speaker Robert Eiler

Speaker focus: Special ops

Speaker: John Nesbitt

Speaker focus: Seabees in country

Chair: Morris Waid/Gary Mason



Closing at 5 p.m.



FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8

FLAG RAISING CEREMONY — 8:45 a.m.

Welcome — The Meadville Tribune

Invocation — Rev. Rachel Johns of Redeemer Presbyterian Church

Raising of the American Flag — Cochranton American Legion Post 836

Pledge of Allegiance — Eagle Scout



MEMORABILIA DISPLAYS — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Inside, explore history through exhibitions and displays of authentic military artifacts from around the world. Meet the veterans who have kept and cherished these historic treasures. Outside, view restored and maintained vintage military vehicles.

 All day — Civil War mourning display with presentation and talk in the display area.

10:15 a.m. — War Bonds/drives: After Pearl Harbor, war bonds were sold to garner funds for the war effort. Famous actors and other celebrities participated in fundraiser drives to encourage American citizens to purchase bonds.

1 p.m. — World War II flight gear: Facing freezing temperatures on high-altitude bombing missions, aircrews had to use heated clothing, oxygen equipment and heavy flak jackets. See how all of these items were used.

2 p.m. — Field communications: The ability for units to communicate between each other and with headquarters was critical for a successful invasion. Discover how field phones and radios were used and get a chance to talk with a friend on a real World War II field phone.

Noon to 5 p.m. — Vehicle displays: The Cambridge Springs-based National Guard unit will show the latest in our armed forces combat vehicles, the Stryker and Humvee. In addition, the following vehicles are expected:

Ford GPW: Before World War II began, American Bantam Car Company, Ford Motor Company, and Willys-Overland Motors competed for contracts to provide Jeeps for the United States Army. Bantam initially received the contract, but Ford and Willys-Overland were used to meet production demands. The Ford GPW was named for its general purpose and the W is for its Willys design. President Eisenhower once said that the two pieces of equipment that were most influential in winning the war were the Jeep and the C-47.

Willys M-38: The Willys M-38 replaced the World War II version of the GPW and was used in Korea. It was produced from 1950 to 1952.   

M-38 A1: The M-38 A1 produced from 1952 to 1957 was the first Jeep with a round fender, and 101,488 of these vehicles were manufactured.

Studebaker M-29 Weasel: Studebaker received a military contract in 1942 and went to work developing the Weasel. It was first meant to be a snow vehicle, however the M-29 became a master of all terrains.

M-37: The M-37 was introduced in 1952 and was used throughout the late 1960s, especially during the Korean Conflict where it was used to transport heavy arms.

Worksman World War II Flightman Tricycle: Worksman built cycles for industrial uses that allowed workers to move quickly and efficiently across large industrial plants and airports.



SPEAKER SERIES — 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Veterans from various military branches and conflicts will speak on their unique experiences while in the service.

9 to 10 a.m.: “Keystone Ordinance Works”

Speaker: Sandy Porter

Speaker focus: A look at Crawford County history in the war effort

Chair: Terry Mahoney

10:15 to 11:45 a.m.: “Operations in Iraq”

Speaker: Christine Nagy

Speaker focus: Missions in Iraq

Speaker: John Amato

Speaker focus: The role of Reserves and the National Guard

Speaker: Jim Massota

Speaker focus: Three deployments

Chair: Agnes Folmar/Fred Cunningham

Noon to 2 p.m.: “Return to Home”

Speaker: Andy Pears

Speaker focus: A look back

Speaker: Kathie Clark

Speaker focus: Healing our soldiers

Speaker: Mark Lessig

Speaker focus: Soldiers matter and so do their families

Speaker: Anthony and Marsha Pedone

Speaker focus: Public drama, private trauma

Chair: John Robb/Tom Barratt

2:05 to 2:30 p.m.: “Bomber Crew — Before and After”

Speaker: Pat Emig and crew

Speaker focus: Preflight meeting of a B-25 crew as they prepare for a mission with their superiors on the inner workings of “today’s mission.” We’ll also eavesdrop on them as they sit in a debriefing session. 

Chair: Donna Waid, Rita Mineo

Exhibits and displays close at 4:45 p.m. and re-open at 6



NIGHT MEMORABILIA DISPLAYS — 6 to 8 p.m.

Inside, explore history through exhibitions and displays of authentic military artifacts from around the world in a night-time setting. Meet the veterans who have kept and cherished these historic treasures.



USO BIG BAND DANCE AND PARTY — 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Featuring the Misery Bay Big Band: The 20-piece Misery Bay Big Band formed in 1990 and has since been the premier big band orchestra performing at events throughout the tri-state region, including a recent appearance at the Chautauqua Institution. Experienced, local swing dancing groups will also participate, and partygoers are encouraged to get into the fun of Veterans Day by wearing their favorite vintage clothing or uniforms. The live music, dancing and costumes of the USO dance will transport the audience to a different era. Refreshments and snacks will be available. The public of all ages is invited to attend. 



SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9

FLAG RAISING CEREMONY — 8:45 a.m.

Flag Raising — 150th Volunteer Infantry Regiment Bucktails with 21-gun salutes. Company C and K will be present at the opening ceremony as well. The Echo Taps will be played by Fife and Drum Corps which consists of Carly Gray, Marci Mattocks and Jocelyn Levis Windhal.

Pledge of Allegiance — Boy Scouts of America, French Creek Council



USO-STYLE CANTEEN BREAKFAST AND CONCERT — 9 to 11 a.m.

“Donut Dollies” will serve coffee and donuts as guests enjoy the live entertainment of popular classics from all decades at a special concert. The patriotic concert features live performances. The music will be from the Civil War period played by Penni Dallas and Cynda Sites alternating with the Fife and Drum Corps.



SPEAKER SERIES FINALE — 10 to 11 a.m.

10 to 11 am: “A History of the Bucktails”

Speaker: Representatives of the 150th Volunteer Infantry Regiment

Speaker focus: The local regiment that served in the Civil War (Company C) and also guarded

President Lincoln (Company K)

Chair: Tom Barratt/Pat Emig



MEMORABILIA AND VEHICLE DISPLAYS —  9 a.m. to noon            

Inside, explore history through exhibitions and displays of authentic military artifacts from around the world. Meet the veterans who have kept and cherished these historic treasures. Outside, view restored and maintained vintage military vehicles.

9 a.m. to noon: The Cambridge Springs-based unit of the National Guard will show the latest armed forces combat vehicles, the Stryker and Humvee.



SPONSORS

Vantage is the lead sponsor for this event.

Other sponsors are Armstrong Cable, C&J Industries, Cool Radio 101.7, Emig’s Bike Shop, Forever Radio, The Meadville Tribune,  WICU Channel 12 and Active Aging Foundation.



CABLE TV SHOWINGS

Beginning the week of Nov. 17, check Meadville Channel 23/Titusville Channel 3 or visit armstrongonewire.com online for times. Also available on Armstrong’s video on demand under the category Hometown Favorites.



LIVE BROADCASTS

Thursday, November 7: 8:30 to 10 a.m., WMGW 1490 AM

Thursday, November 7, and Friday, November 8: Cool Radio 101.7 FM

Friday, November 8, and Saturday, November 9: 9 to 11 a.m. with Froggy WGYY 103 FM. Also to be rebroadcast on PCN Pennsylvania’s Special Segments on WICU 12



2013 Veterans Salute Committee

Fred Cunningham, co-chairman

Agnes Folmar, co-chairman

John Robb                                          

Robert J. Moyers

Tom Barratt       

Gary Mason       

Pam Roberts

Patrick Emig       

Rita Mineo       

Richard Runnels       

Ray Packard       

Lon Wilson                    

Abe Finton

Terry Mahoney             

Morris Waid                   

Donna Waid