Veterans Day 2014

Next Tuesday is Veterans Day, a day to honor the women and men who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.  Celebrations begin this weekend, including Nebraska’s Official Veterans Day Parade in Bellevue, NE, this Saturday morning starting at 10am.  (Let me know if you see me in the parade.)  We thought we would get people in the mood for the holiday with a Veterans Day-themed post.

ParleDougCoHistSocLong-time reader(s) can probably guess that John Parle (Class of 1942) is one of my favorite Creighton alumni.  That said, you will understand how pleased I was to come across some more John Parle materials at the Douglas County Historical Society. I was there for other reasons when I saw a familiar face, along with medals and citations, on display in the Library/Archives Center reading room.  The framed piece only recently returned from being on loan to the Nebraska State Historical Society.

If you don’t know about Parle and how he earned his Congressional Medal of Honor, you should.  (Creighton’s Attic featured him for Memorial Day 2013, and I was honored to speak about Ensign Parle when a section of a street by Creighton Prep was renamed in his honor this year.)
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For those who were not at Matt Holland’s reading this past Monday of Ahead of Their Time, a book about the DePorres Club, you missed something very special.  (“Creighton’s Attic” told you about the book this summer.)

Every time I hear Matt speak, my fondness for the DePorres Club grows.  Two early members of the club, Virginia Walsh and Agnes Stark, were on hand, and they answered several questions from the audience.  I was humbled and honored to meet these two extraordinary women.

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