STOMPERS PROJECT BY JANA MARIE FOUNDATION: “SERVE”
The Stompers Project by Jana Marie Foundation uses art, music, stories, and other forms of creative expression to inform and educate communities about mental and emotional health. The Foundation works with artists, schools, and organizations to create life-sized sculptures of people crafted from recycled, deconstructed sneakers. The sculptures are called “Stompers” to acknowledge their symbolic role in helping to stomp out the stigma that surrounds mental health and give residents a voice through sharing of stories.
One of these Stompers, titled “Serve”, was created by veterans, military service members, and those who serve them to bring awareness to to the mental health needs of military service members and their families. “Serve” is currently on display at the Pennsylvania Military Museum.
AMERICAN REVOLUTION ROUND TABLE OF CENTRAL PA: “WEST POINT AND THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION: THE GREAT CHAIN AND HER FORTIFICATION”
Speaker: Lt. Colonel Sean Sculley
At the height of the American Revolution in 1777, after the surrender of Fort Montgomery and Fort Clinton, the New York Hudson highlands were left virtually defenseless against British invasion. Seeing the strategic value of this gateway land, General Washington established Fortress West Point, farther upriver on the Hudson and installed a great iron chain across the river to prevent the British from crossing. Today, we know it as West Point, the nation’s oldest, continually occupied military post. Join Lt. Colonel Sean Sculley as he shares his research with us on this iconic site in American history and its role in the Revolutionary War. LTC. Sculley will also share with us how Cadets at West Point are using augmented reality to bring this story to a wider audience.
Drinks and refreshments provided. Pre-registration is not required.
DATE/TIME: Sunday NOVEMBER 4, 2018 2:00 p.m.
Open Veterans Day. Free admission for veterans & their family members.
DATE/TIME: Sunday NOVEMBER 11, 2018 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
FRIENDS’ LECTURE SERIES: “WELCOME HOME, BRO”
Every speaker on the Vietnam War has a different story to tell, as all have different experiences, at different times and in different places. In this lecture, speaker Robert Franks will tell his story. Vietnam Veterans have drawn together partially because of their reception (or lack thereof) when they returned home. We greet each other with "Welcome Home, Bro" and possibly ask when they were there and where they served. Some served early in the war, guarding air bases. Between 1966 and 1967 (when Bob served) soldiers were more likely in the field and engaging in combat. After the TET offensive, there was mop-up and a more defensive role.
Bob will expand on the above ideas and explain his experiences as an Airborne Infantry Platoon Leader with the First Cavalry Division. Mr. Franks served in Vietnam in 1966 and 1967. He was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device (Valor) and Air Medal. Prior to Vietnam, he graduated from Infantry Officer Candidate School as a 2nd Lt, then went to Airborne School and was awarded his jump wings.
DATE/TIME: Sunday NOVEMBER 11, 2018 2:00 p.m.