The immeasurable debt we owe to our veterans is remembered yearly on November 11. To mark the occasion, Korean War veteran Robert Stachler will present the keynote remarks for the 59th Annual Veterans Day Commemoration at the Main Library. For most of us, “Heartbreak Ridge” and “Pork Chop Hill” are only Hollywood movies but for Stachler, a first lieutenant in the 32nd Infantry Regiment, the names call to mind battles that were very real.
Monday, November 11
Main Library Atrium
Veterans Day Commemoration program highlights:
- Sheriff Neil’s Bagpipe & Drum Corps
- Tribute to veterans from the office of Senator Rob Portman
- Diamond Oaks JROTC color guard and memorial wreath presentations
- Patriotic music by Brass Without Borders
- Special gift given to all veterans, while supplies last
- Veterans Day exhibit commemorating 100th anniversary of World War I
- Updated Book of Homage
- Red Cross information and services booth
Veterans History Project
Stachler also was a participant in the Veterans History Project at the Public Library. He provided photos and shared memories of Heartbreak Ridge, Pork Chop Hill, the Triangle, Old Baldy, the Chorwon Valley, and the psychological warfare used by the North Koreans and Chinese. During his interview, he also talked about the difficulties faced by returning Korean War veterans. A highlight of this year’s Veterans Day Commemoration is the unveiling of the Veterans History Project kiosk, located near the Veterans Memorial Exhibit in the Main Library’s atrium. The kiosk will allow Main Library visitors to easily access the collection of Veterans History Project interviews.
The Veterans History Project is an outgrowth of a partnership the Library established with the Library of Congress to collect and archive oral histories from World War I, World War II, Korean, Vietnamese, and Persian Gulf war military veterans, as well as civilians who served in support of the veterans. On the website you’ll find video interviews with local veterans, documents, and photographs. These accounts and documents offer a fascinating chronicle of military life and record the sacrifice and valor of the men and women who served our country. The Library is proud to be a part of this important national endeavor and to serve as an archive for the stories and memorabilia of local veterans. More details about the project and participating are available online.