The most popular adult program at the Carnegie Library in recent years has been Larry Martin's series: World War Two--In their own words. For ten years Larry has been interviewing combat veterans, and then several years ago he began putting on programs at the library. Grown so large that they had to move out of the Carnegie Library Auditorium and across to the First United Methodist Church, program attendance has surpassed the 100 mark! The most recent event hosted 115 people. Larry has found people from widely disparate parts of the war, including a survivor of the Bataan Death March, a B-17 pilot--veteran of 30 missions--and a B-24 gunner, a German Wehrmacht soldier who fought at Monte Cassino, Iwo Jima and Normandy survivors, and many more.
Martin has developed some excellent DVD's as well as a blog from these programs and interviews. Check out his blog at worldwar2intheirownwords.blogspot.com! It will keep you abreast of the newest programs and give capsules of past presentations, including opportunities for comment.
A side note--if you know a World War 2 veteran, make sure they know about Honor Flight. This beautiful tribute to veterans allows them to fly to visit their memorial in Washington, DC, from anywhere in the USA for free--that's right, no cost to the veteran whatsoever. Many of the visits allow for a guided tour and other measures to make the Washington visit a very special trip for the veteran and their family. Visit honorflight.org for more information.
There are four new programs coming up, scheduled for September-November this fall. The next program is Saturday, September 12, at 10 am, featuring Dr. Eugene Bleil. Dr. Bleil was an Army Air Corp mechanic during the Japanese attack on the Philippines. After being pressed into the infantry, he survived the Bataan Death March and more than three years as a POW. More programs are scheduled for October 3, October 17, and November 7--check the library website (myjdl.com) or Larry's blog for any additions or changes. All programs are free and include refreshments.