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Virtual Event: A Soldier’s Footsteps Through World War II
Friday August 14 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Local author, Marti Brown, assembled her father’s scrapbooks and over 300 letters sent to family members during World War II and compiled these artifacts into a book entitled From Cornfield to Battlefield: A Young Farmer’s Journey Through World War II. These letters capture her father’s experience as a student at the University of Illinois at the start of the war. Join us virtually as Marti presents “A Soldier’s Footsteps Through World War II.”
Graduating as a commissioned officer in 1942 just after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Lou Briggs taught artillery exercises at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, before being assigned a battalion and participating in the European Theater of Operation from July 1944-September 1945. The journey described in the book includes many photos taken by Lou and excerpts from the letters that describe the experience of a young captain during the invasion of Germany, the “Battle of the Bulge,” V-E Day, the occupation of Germany, and V-J Day.
Marti’s virtual program will center around a slide presentation of the highlights of the experiences of her father, as well as a recent trip taken by Marti and her sisters to retrace the path of their father during his military service in Europe. Marti will also display of some of her father’s war artifacts.
This program will commemorate the 75th anniversary of V-J (Victory in Japan) Day.
Please register for this event. Once you register you will receive a confirmation email with a link to the Zoom meeting, a phone number to call into the Zoom meeting, and a password to the meeting. Join the Zoom meeting 5 minutes prior to the program, especially if you haven’t used Zoom before.
While the audience will be muted, attendees will be able to type questions and engage with the presenter.
For additional information, please contact Samantha at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (815) 756-9568 ext. 1701.