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'Greatest Generation Not Forgotten' program set at Penn State DuBois

10/30/2006 —

DuBois – The Penn State DuBois will again host the award-winning "Greatest Generation Not Forgotten" program beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Hiller Building.

The evening's events begin with a reception with refreshments and a memorabilia showcase at 5 p.m. The DuBois Honor Guard will post the colors at 5:30 p.m. in Hiller Auditorium, followed by "A Tribute to the American Flag" by Francis Romeo of DuBois. The main program, which features the war stories and experiences from invited veterans of World War II, will begin at 5:45 p.m.

U.S. Navy Veteran Bill Way of DuBois, who was part of the invasion at Normandy, will present a slide show of his numerous photographs taken during the war. The program will include a question and answer session, and will conclude with retiring the colors and a bagpipe performance of the song "Amazing Grace."

"The Greatest Generation Not Forgotten" program was awarded the Penn State University program of the year for the 2005-2006 academic year. Penn State DuBois Veteran's Club president Michael White, a senior business major and U.S. Coast Guard veteran, developed the program along with the club members, inspired after the death of his grandfather, George White, also a U.S. Coast Guard veteran.

"My grandfather never spoke to me about World War II or his experiences there. In his last year, I published a few of the photos I found in his cupboard on my Penn State website, and he became tearful when he saw them. I knew that there was a calling here, and I wanted to find a way to not let other veterans of that time move on without having the chance to share their stories," White said.

White approached the club with the idea to bring in a featured speaker who could talk about their experiences with the military. During club planning sessions, member Nathaniel Vida (USAF) suggested the name “Greatest Generation Not Forgotten” which would coincide with the highly publicized Tom Brokaw book which epitomized these veterans. 

"The World War II veterans are dying at a rate of 1,000 per day, and there was no better time than the present to bring these men of the Greatest Generation to the DuBois campus," White said. "It is our club’s purpose to be of service to others, and this program was to feature these veterans, meet their needs, and assist them in any way we could."

The event is free and open to the public.

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