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Long without a memorial recognizing its contribution to the war effort, the American Beagle Squadron Alumni created a Memorial Wall featuring bronze plaques and renderings of a Spitfire and Mustang as well as a summary of the Squadrons WWII accomplishments. About $1,500 was raised for the wall through donations. A dedication ceremony was held at the wall during the 52nd Fighter Group Reunion, September 21-23, 2000 in Dayton, Ohio.
- National D-Day Memorial
D-Day Memorial opened on June 6, 2001 to honor the valor, fidelity and sacrifices of the Allied
Forces on D-Day, June 6, 1944.
wave of battle at Normandy with the most casualties
was led by the Army's 29th Division, made up mostly of Virginians.
Virginia and Bedford are forever linked with D-Day as a symbol
of America's sacrifice. The Virginia National Guard, the 116th
Infantry Regiment of the 29th Division, was one of the two first
assault regiments on Omaha Beach, scene of the bloodiest fighting
the City of Bedford was selected by Congress as the official site
of the nations memorial to the Allied Forces involved in
the D-Day invasion. One of the reasons was because the city (with
a 1944 population of 3,200) had the highest per capita losses
of any community in America during the landings on the Normandy
88-acre site, with the Blue Ridge Mountains as a backdrop, featured sculptural tributes to all service branches, Victory Plaza
and the massive overlord arch, ringed by the flags of the Allied
Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau offers military reunion
planners a "War & Peace" package that includes admission
to the National D-Day Memorial, a visit to Appomattox Court House
National Historical Park (where the nation reunited following
the War Between the States) and a tour of one of Lynchburg's five
For a complete
Reunion Planner package contact Lynchburg Regional CVB at 800-732-5821;
preserved and celebrated
The Freedom Museum held the Third Annual Festival of Freedom
August 10-12, 2001 at the Manassas (VA) Regional Airport. The
festival welcomed heroes from 20th century conflicts. Heroes include
veterans of WWII, Korea, Vietnam and Operation Desert Storm.
The festival includes more than 25 vintage aircraft, many tanks
and armored vehicles, WWII re-enactors, contemporary military
and experimental civilian aircraft, period music, displays and
patriotic performances. It was a weekend immersed in American
festival favorites returned and new features debuted. Among
the new features were a JU-52 Tri-Motor German Transport. Other
aircraft are P-51 Mustang, TBM Avenger, B-25 Mitchell bomber,
UC-78 Bobcat, SNJ Trainer, Harvard Mark 2 Trainer.
Museum was founded in 1999 by a group of veterans to honor contributions
to world peace and freedom of the Armed Forces and civilian leaders.
Contact The Freedom Museum, 10400 Terminal Road, Manassas VA 20110;
877-393-0660; 703-393-0660; www.freedommuseum.org.
were you in January 1944?
Members of surviving families of the crew of the B24 Liberator
shot down in the Ardennes region of Belgium in January 1944 are
sought for a reunion and memorial dedication. The memorial will
be at the crash site near the village of Wibrin in Belgium. The
reunion will bring together survivors or surviving family members
of the crew. Arrangements, location and design of the memorial
are being made in Belgium. The 44th BG Veterans Association will
have a reunion tour group for this and other war memorials and
sites. Contact Forrest S. Clark, 44th Bomb Group; 863-427-0371;
The National Prisoner of War Museum, located at Andersonville
National Historic Site, Andersonville, Georgia, is seeking artifact
donations. The museum is the only unit of the National Park Service
dedicated solely to the commemoration of POWs from all time periods
in US history. Items that have a direct relationship to the POW
experience are of special interest. This includes dog tags, forks
and knives, letters and telegrams and items POWs actually used
to survive their incarceration. Anyone with such POW related items
is encouraged to contact Eric Reinert, Museum Technician, Box
800, Andersonville GA 31711. from the
The National D-Day Museum is now seeking artifacts from Pacific
invasions. Paula Ussery, Museum Curator, says the museum is looking
for artifacts with interpretative stories and things that spotlight
the human experience of the millions of men, women and children
who participated in the Pacific and on the home front.
interest are American uniforms and personal equipment worn or
used in combat and Japanese items such as swords picked up on
beaches. The museum has many wonderful items, but needs more especially
from areas like Tarawa, Peleiu and Guadalcanal. Contact Paula
Ussery at 504-527-6012, ext. 234. from
The National D-Day Museum Newsletter
Let someone else do the driving! For reunion touring you may want to offer a comfortable motorcoach
so everyone can ride together in comfort.
gets her dues
With the dedication of the Rosie the Riveter Memorial in Richmond,
Virginia, World War II women workers are getting the recognition
they deserve. The memorial is 441 feet, the same length as Liberty
ships women helped build and includes a walk with a timeline of
facts and memories from female workers.
brought back memories for Phyllis Gould, a welder on the San Francisco
Bay. When Gould's husband and friends joined the ship-building
effort, she wanted to help too. She met opposition and was told
"no women and no blacks." She cried the third time she
was turned down but as she left, ran into a man who helped her
get a job.
The job was
rough, but Gould performed well and made sure she looked good
while doing it. Behind her mask, her lips were lipsticked and
her hair tied in a kerchief. She always made sure her bandanna
matched the color of the shirt collar poking from beneath her
Marian Sousa, Gould's sister, was a draftsman in the war. About
the memorial, she said "we never expected to be recognized.
Everybody worked. They did what they could."
an easier time entering the war effort later because female workers
were commonplace by then. She took a crash course in drafting
at The University of California Berkeley in 1943 at just 17. Then,
got a job when her mother lied for her.
was to correct blueprints. "I remember just endless, endless
papers of erasing two bunks and making them three bunks."
She said the people she worked with were great. "I was expecting
my daughter and those men gave me a surprise baby shower."
for all of "Rosie's" war efforts was greatly overdue.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Memorial Top Draw
Among the most visited tourist attractions in the nation's capital
is the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. More than 2.5 million people
pass the black granite walls bearing the names of the 58,220 men
and women killed while serving with the US Armed Forces in Vietnam.
can also visit the Vietnam Women's Memorial, raised in 1993 to
honor the nearly 8,000 American women on active duty during the
Veterans Memorial is free and open to the public 24 hours a day,
seven days a week. Contact the Vietnam Memorial Fund, 1023 Fifteenth
St NW, 2nd floor, Washington DC 20005-2602; 202-393-0090; www.vvmf.org.
Some people mistakenly associate the Normandy Foundation, a private
organization, with the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC),
sponsor of the World War II Memorial. There is no connection between
the two and plans for the World War II Memorial continue to develop
and grow. ABMC is the Executive Branch's agency, which maintains
24 permanent US military cemeteries abroad and 22 memorials in
15 countries. Contact WWII Memorial, Courthouse Plaza II, Ste
501, 2300 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington VA 22201; 701-696-5127.
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