world war two

7:26 am
Fri June 20, 2014

WW2 Landings Recreated on Lake Michigan

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Amphibious landings in France and Okinawa will be simulated by hundreds of reenactors in Saint Joseph on Saturday.
ST. JOSEPH, MI - The crackle of gunfire, the roar of explosions and the throaty rumble of aircraft engines will all descend upon Tiscornia Beach this weekend during the seventh Lest We Forget tribute to veterans of World War II, and the Korean and Vietnam wars.
Holidays
1:29 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Pearl Harbor parachute becomes beautiful Christmas gift

Mary Gansen's granddaughter Angela Keene-Kennedy in the parachute robe in 1989

On Christmas Eve, 1959, in a small apartment in Cleveland, Ohio, the foot pedal on Mary Juratovac Gansen’s old treadle sewing machine was steadily being rocked forward and back, driving the belt that made the needle go up and down into the night. Some women would get fancy electric sewing machines that Christmas. Each of Mary’s two young daughters would be gifted a priceless heirloom made out a WWII parachute. 

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5:31 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

World War II veterans welcome home after honor flight

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22 Veterans from Kalamazoo and Battle Creek had one-day all expenses paid flight to Washington D.C. and back
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Merlin Shaver busted out laughing when he saw the "Welcome Home Mutt" sign his family was holding, paying homage to a childhood nickname, as he paraded through the sea of people welcoming him home Saturday. "I never would've dreamed that anything like this could happen," Shaver said.
8:08 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Honor flight planned for World War II veterans from Kalamazoo and Battle Creek

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Event planned for Saturday at Western Michigan University
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Twenty-four WWII veterans from Kalamazoo and Battle Creek are finally getting the homecoming they never had. "These WWII veterans, they went off to the war and they didn't know if they were going to come back alive," said Dan Moyle, vice president of Talons Out Honor Flight.
Music, Theatre, & Dance
7:37 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

'A Soldier's Tale': A musical look at what it means to be a soldier

The CD cover for American Chamber Winds' recording of 'A Soldier's Tale'

For as long as there have been wars, there have been stories about the brave soldiers who fought in them. But what about the others? On Friday, Fontana Chamber Arts and the Western Michigan University School of Music, along with WMU actors and dancers, will tell a story about a very different kind of soldier.

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