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In December 2018, the Nation finally recognized the contributions of our Chinese-American Veterans of World War II. Congress passed and the President signed the Chinese-American World War II Veteran Congressional Gold Medal Act honoring the approximately 20,000 Chinese-Americans, or about 22% of their adult male population, that willingly served during the war.  Of those, over 90% served in the Army. The Army Heritage Center Foundation will honor and recognize their service at its 12th Annual Membership and Recognition Dinner on November 2, 2019.  Come honor their service as Harry Jung, a WWII Infantryman and a representative of the Chinese-American Soldiers of WWII, receives the Foundation’s Living Legend Award.

Honorees

  • Living Legend Award: Chinese-American World War II Veterans, represented by Mr. Harry Jung, Sergeant, 414th Infantry Regiment
  • Boots on the Ground Award: American Overseas Memorial Day Association

The Foundation has also selected the American Overseas Memorial Day Association to receive the Boots on the Ground Award.  Since 1920, the Association has ensured that those who sacrificed their lives for our Nation, and are buried in our overseas cemeteries, are honored on special occasions and most importantly on Memorial Day.  Each year, the Association facilitates and supports ceremonies honoring the memory of those who gave their lives in World War I and II.

The Dinner

This annual dinner will be held at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, allowing the Foundation to better showcase the Center’s assets to its guests, to honor Veterans past and present, and those who support Soldiers, the Army Heritage Center Foundation, and the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in “Telling the Army Story . . . one Soldier at a time.®”   

Included in the evening’s activities is a silent auction that includes unique items and gift certificates to regional attractions, restaurants, wineries, and golf courses, among others.

Dinner sponsorship opportunities are available. For additional details about the dinner and silent auction, or to order tickets, please contact the Foundation at (717) 258-1102, info@armyheritage.org, or visit www.armyheritage.org.

About the Foundation and the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center

The Military Heritage Foundation, doing business as the Army Heritage Center Foundation, is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) that, through donated support, is funding the construction of the public components of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) — the Visitor and Education Center (VEC) and the Army Heritage Center.  As the phased construction program is completed, the Foundation transfers these facilities to the Army to operate, staff, and maintain, as part of USAHEC. The Foundation will then focus on “margin of excellence support” to meet the needs of educational programs and other activities at USAHEC where federal funds are inadequate or unavailable. 

The Foundation completed Phase One of the Visitor and Education Center in 2010.   This project provided the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center campus its first major gallery and multipurpose rooms to host educational programs and special events. In 2012, the Foundation funded infrastructure improvements to include parking and storm water management systems to support future construction.  The Foundation completed a 7,500 expansion of the Visitor and Education Center in September 2016 that added an additional gallery, a multipurpose room to meet growing demand for program space, and enhanced seating in the former cafeteria area.

The Foundation will continue to seek grants and donations to complete the Visitor and Education Center, the Army Heritage Center, and to create an endowment to sustain and enhance educational programs. The Foundation’s education program includes management of the National History Day in Pennsylvania competition and workshops and seminars that complement USAHEC’s programs and exhibits. 

The Foundation also supports and enhances USAHEC’s public outreach by supporting marketing initiatives and serving as a public advocate of the Center’s mission and programs. 

USAHEC is dedicated to honoring the men and women who have served this nation as Soldiers and preserving their legacy through the acquisition of their letters, diaries, photos, and artifacts that document their service.  USAHEC also educates a broad audience on the heritage of the Army by making its collections available to the public in the Ridgway Hall research room, through exhibits on the USAHEC campus, and through special programs.   A Smithsonian Affiliate, USAHEC is a component of the U.S. Army War College.  Since 2004, when the facility opened to the public, almost 2 million have visited.  Learn more about USAHEC at https://ahec.armywarcollege.edu.

 

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Perspectives in Military History General of the Army Omar N. Bradley Memorial Lecture

The British Are Coming: The Revolution Trilogy, Part I

Mr. Rick Atkinson Pulitzer Prize Winner and New York Times Bestselling Author

In mid-January 1777, Lord Cornwallis of the invincible British Army retreated from the New Jersey countryside after two years of epic struggle against up-start American rebels. From the bloodshed on Lexington Common to the defeats at Trenton and Princeton, the American Revolution raged throughout the new United States.

On Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 7:15PM, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center will welcome Historian and Pulitzer Prize Winner Mr. Rick Atkinson to present the General of the Army Omar Nelson Bradley Memorial Lecture. He will discuss the first book in his upcoming Revolution Trilogy, entitled The British Are Coming. Atkinson combines personal stories, with the savage narrative of the first twenty-one brutal months of the Revolutionary War to give a new perspective on the fight for independence. In his new book, Atkinson describes the events and personal stories of the men and women fighting for control of the North American continent. He combines in-depth research on the politics of British sovereignty from the British Royal Archives, with the hard-scrabble personal accounts of American fighters, from the lowest private to the most powerful generals. This first installment of a new trilogy on the American Revolution covers the causes of the war from the initial fighting at Lexington and Concord, General George Washington’s defeats near Boston and New York City, the triumph and tragedy of the campaigns in Canada, and concludes with Washington’s victories at the Battles of Trenton and Princeton.

Mr. Atkinson received his Masters of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of Chicago and worked as an editor and correspondent for the Washington Post for twenty-five years. Atkinson earned the Pulitzer Prize for History in 2003 for An Army at Dawn, his first book in The Liberation Trilogy. He followed with two New York Times Best Sellers, The Day of Battle and The Guns at Last Light. Atkinson received the Pulitzer Prize in 1982 for National Reporting, and has published numerous award-winning books spanning topics such as West Point and the war in Iraq.

DATE: Wednesday, September 18, 2019

TIME: Doors open at 6:30 PM and the talk begins at 7:15 PM

PLACE: USAHEC, Visitor and Education Center, Multipurpose Room

For updates and any last-minute changes in event meeting times and places, please check www.USAHEC.org, our Facebook Page, or call the Information Desk at 717-245-3972.

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The Army Heritage Center Foundation and Humana MarketPOINT are partnering on September 19 to provide veterans from our community the opportunity to share their stories with middle school students.  The “Walk with a Vet” program, now in its third year, gives the students the opportunity to ask questions and learn about the veterans’ contributions in an informal, non-classroom setting. 

The Walk with a Vet program, made possible by a $5,000 sponsorship from Humana, also provides an opportunity for local middle school students to view the exhibits at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.  The veterans and students will tour the Center in small groups and get to know each other over the course of the day.  This format encourages interaction between the groups and teaches students about the various aspects of the veterans’ service to the nation and the importance of preserving the veterans’ stories.   

The event will also mark National POW/MIA Day and will conclude with a brief program and ceremony to mark this special day of remembrance.  Mr. Bill Dangro, a veteran of the Korean War who spent nearly 3 years as a prisoner of North Korea, will speak to the students about his experiences.

“Humana has a tremendous commitment to veterans and students,” says Army Heritage Center Foundation Education Director Jeff Hawks. “This program was their idea.  They approached the Foundation looking for a way to bring students and veterans together, and this program is the result.  We are thrilled to have a community partner like Humana.”

Veterans interested in participating, or anyone seeking information, should contact Jeff Hawks at the Army Heritage Center Foundation at 717-258-1102 or eddirector@armyheritage.org.

The Army Heritage Center Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Carlisle, PA.  The Foundation is the “friends group” for the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, a museum, research center, and educational complex dedicated to honoring the American Soldier. 

Humana MarketPOINT is one of the largest private insurance companies that provide, along with other products, Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D prescription drug plans.  Humana works to improve healthcare and make it more accessible to members to make a positive impact on the communities Humana serves.

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On June 25, the Army Heritage Center Foundation and Starbucks hosted 18 Veterans and their escorts on an Honor Bus that traveled from the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle to Arlington National Cemetery.

The trip, funded by the Starbucks Foundation and organized by the Army Heritage Center Foundation, brought local veterans together with volunteers from Starbucks locations in the mid-state to travel to Arlington to pay their respects to our nation’s honored dead.  Along the way, veterans and escorts got to know each other and share stories of service and sacrifice.

Starbucks employees volunteered their time to serve as escorts to provide assistance and companionship for the veterans and to experience the Cemetery with some of the men and women from their own community who served. 

 

Vietnam Veteran and Bronze Star Awardee David Calhoun with two members of the U.S. Army’s 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), who guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  (Photo Courtesy of Army Heritage Center Foundation)


 

Vietnam Veteran Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Phyllis Cogan with her escort, Starbucks Barista Amin Sou

 

 

Korean War Veteran Harold Showalter sitting on the Korean War Memorial contemplative bench.  June 25 marked the 69th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War.

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Between 1944 and 1945, Sergeant Frederick Counsel served his country with a brush rather than a rifle. One of his beautiful watercolors showcases a woman napping in vibrant green grass, as a G.I. in uniform fishes next to her in a bright blue stream. Another painting illustrates a sea of green uniforms marching through stunning colorful landscapes.

 

Fast forward to 1950, and the scenes are much drearier. The Korean War is depicted through black and white photographs of Soldiers bundled up from head to toe on a frozen tundra. Photo after photo shows the bleak, everyday life of combat among heavy equipment, firepower, and lots of snow.

 

Visitors can compare and contrast the two conflicts on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at Noon, with a double exhibit opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new art exhibit The Making of an American Army: The WWII Artwork of Frederick Counsel, and another brand new exhibit “Where the Hell is Korea?” – Warfare in the Land of Sorrow.

 

The Making of an American Army is a G.I. view of Army life, as depicted in thirty original paintings by Sergeant Fred Counsel, Soldier-artist. Through watercolors, Counsel traced his career around several Army Air Force Training Centers during World War II. Familiar scenes of Mess Halls and Barracks, along with fellow Soldiers, served as his subjects.  All of the works are rendered in a free-flowing style with controlled, expressive colors. His work tells the story of when all America stood together, trained together, and served the country.

 

Five years after the end of World War II, on June 25, 1950, the North Korean People’s Army attacked south across the three year-old Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea. “Where the Hell is Korea?” – Warfare in the Land of Sorrow, showcases a variety of U.S. Army Soldiers, who served in each of the phases of the Korean War. Using original artifacts and archival materials from the collection, as well as unique immersive vignettes, the exhibit highlights the ground-level realities of one of America’s “forgotten wars.”

 

 

Light refreshments will be provided immediately following the ribbon cutting ceremony. Visitors will have a chance to view the new exhibits and talk to the curators and exhibit teams who made it all possible. As always, USAHEC admission and parking are free and handicapped accessible. For more information, please visit www.usahec.org or call 717-245-3972. 

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