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Veteran’s Day Programs Planned at Massanutten Regional Library

In honor of Veteran’s Day, Massanutten Regional Library’s Central Library in downtown Harrisonburg has two upcoming programs on November 9th and 11th.

Thursday, November 9 @ 6:00 PM:
MRL and WVPT Public Media will co-host “Reflections on Vietnam” on Thursday, November 9th. Combining song, personal story, and documentary film, this multi-part program will explore different aspects of the Vietnam War through the eyes of members of our local communities.

6:00 PM The Harrisonburg Harmonizers will sing patriotic songs and light refreshments will be served.

6:30 PM Holley Watts will share stories, poems, and memories of her year in Vietnam as part of the Supplemental Recreational Activities Overseas program (SRAO) of the American Red Cross. Known colloquially as the “Donut Dollies,” the young women of the SRAO served in Vietnam as morale builders for the troops, tasked with creating diversions for soldiers in base camps, landing zones, and field hospitals. While the Donut Dollies have often been overlooked by history, Holley has been an active voice in telling the story of their role during the Vietnam War.

7:00 PM Premier Screening of WVPT Public Media’s “Vietnam: Reflections of War – Episode 6.” Produced by WVPT and featuring local veterans, “Vietnam: Reflections of War” was created as a companion series to the longer Burns/Novick documentary. Episode 6 “Until We Meet Again” will never air as part of the series, as it is considered a “director’s cut.” This episode can only be seen during this premiere or via the DVD set.

7:45 PM Presentation of thank you gifts honoring those veterans who interviewed with WVPT.

Saturday, November 11 @ 1:00 PM:
The second event of the week will be a family-friendly program on Saturday, November 11th at 1:00 PM. World War II veteran PFC. Tommy Tucker Showalter will share the story of his journey from a farm in the Shenandoah Valley to serve as an infantryman in Patton’s Third Army. The recipient of a Purple Heart and Bronze Star, Mr. Showalter is a natural storyteller, and his stories are fascinating for both children and adults. This program will be held in the Community Youth Center on the second floor of the Central Library.

“The Vietnam War” programs are offered as part of a grant from the American Library Association, PBS and WETA, Washington, DC. In addition, we acknowledge the enthusiastic support of our co-host WVPT Public Media and their commitment to telling the story of local Vietnam Veterans.

These programs are also made possible in part by the generous support of Tactical & Survival Specialties, Inc. (TSSi).

As always, all programs hosted by Massanutten Regional Library are free and open to the public, and you do not need a library card to attend.