left: Rich Wartell, Orris Kelly, Chuck Murphy, Beryl Adams, Mike McDermott, Ron Trewyn, and Mike Kearns.
The staff at Manhattan Public Library would like to thank the distinguished group of Vietnam veterans who participated in the Veterans’ Day Forum at the Wareham Opera House on November 11, 2014. We appreciate the time and effort of Beryl Adams, Orris Kelly, Mike McDermott, Chuck Murphy, Ron Trewyn, and Rich Wartell who bravely shared their experiences, with Mike Kearns leading the discussion.
Dr. Ron Trewyn
We would also like to thank the many audience members who came out on a very cold evening and expressed their appreciation for these veterans. We believe everyone found the 90 minutes to be interesting, rewarding, and moving, as they heard these six individuals share details of their life-changing experiences during and after the war.
Events of this size only come together with the help of many people. We are very grateful for the assistance of Dave Ekart and the Flint Hills Veterans Coalition, and Ryan Platt from the Wareham Opera House, for their help planning the event. Dave Lewis and Ron Frank were instrumental in the process, providing sound support and a video recording of the forum. Thanks to Ron Frank, copies of the DVD will soon be available for checkout at the library as part of the Veteran’s Oral History Project collection.
Thank you to Briana Nelson Goff and Kansas State University’s Institute for the Health and Security of Military Families for their partnership and support.
We appreciate the enthusiastic support provided by Cheryl Collins and Allana Saenger-Parker from the Riley County Historical Museum. Their poignant display of artifacts belonging to Roger Parrish, a soldier who did not return home after the war, as well as a series of photographs from the FHVC, will be on display at the library throughout the month of November.
We would also like to extend our gratitude to the Kansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Arts for grant funding that enabled us to provide books and publicity for the Big Read events. These grants are designed to promote reading and a shared experience of storytelling in communities.
The staff at the Little Apple Brewing Company were the generous hosts of a book discussion for the Big Read on November 13. We appreciate the use of your space, your friendly hospitality, and hope to make this a recurring partnership.
A final event is planned for the Big Read on Thursday, November 20 at
7:00 p.m. at the library. Dr. Kim Stanley from the Kansas Humanities Council will lead a discussion of the book “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien, and members of the public are encouraged to attend.
We appreciate the support of all the members of the community in showing gratitude to our soldiers. Thank you for your service.