Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas at Arlington National Cemetery

Richar Rogala, former prisoner of the North Koreans as a captured member of the US Pueblo crew in January,1968, provided this entry for the blog. He and his father, Chester Rogala, who served in World War II, both contributed oral memoirs to the Veterans History Project.

Rest easy, sleep well my brothers.
Know the line has held, your job is done.
Rest easy, sleep well.
Others have taken up where you fell, the line has held.
Peace, peace, and farewell...

author unknown

Readers may be interested to know that these wreaths -- some 5,000 -- are donated by the Worcester Wreath Co. of Harrington, Maine . The owner, Merrill Worcester, not only provides the wreaths, but covers the trucking expense as well. He's done this since 1992. A wonderful guy. Also, most years, groups of Maine school kids combine an educational trip to DC with this event to help out. Making this even more remarkable is the fact that Harrington is in one the poorest parts of the state.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

50th Interview Addded! - Mr. John M McCann

Rich Wozniczka of the library's Information Technology Services Department pointed out that the most recent interview was the 50th for the Niles VHP effort.

Mr. McCann served as a radarman aboard the USS Case in the Pacific during World War II. His interview can be read and heard at the library and will soon be similarly available over the internet through the Niles Public Library's homepage.