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Monday, November 7, 2011

11.11.11 UNO DET 470 & NET Television Salutes Our Nation’s Veterans with Special Programs

U.S. flags will not be flown at half-staff across the nation this Friday, Nov. 11, to commemorate Veteran's Day. Instead, this is a day to honor our nations veterans. It is not a day of mourning, but a day of celebration and honor. population-we staffers would like to take this time to thank all the veterans in our families and extended U.S. family for their service to our country.

A dear friend of many of our staff had a husband who was Missing in Action (MIA) and a Prisoner of War (POW) during World War II. While interviewing Florence for a book, which I’m writing on Florence and her life-long friend Estelle, she shared with me a phone call. It was a long-distance phone call from her husband after Howard had been rescued. She was pregnant when he had gone missing. Tears flowed as she heard his lost voice from the other end of the phone. Howard first asked if she had the baby? She replied, “yes…we had a son!” He responded, “what did you name him?” “Jerry,” she replied. Howard answered, “...are you kidding -- you named him 'Jerry' -- that’s what we’ve been trying to kill over here!” She immediately responded that they could change his name. Jerry was now 2 years old. So, Howard responded: “No!” He had been missing and considered dead for those two years. During that time, Howard was tortured and imprisoned in Germany. He earned a Purple Heart for his WWII service and sacrifice. Besides Howard's son being named after his wartime enemy and being a Purple Heart veteran; he also walked with a limp the rest of his life -- all reminders of being a POW/MIA veteran.

This story came flooding back to me when I heard about a POW/MIA remembrance planned at the University of Nebraska at Omaha this week. UNO Air Force ROTC, Detachment 470, will be hosting a POW/MIA vigil on campus Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 5:30 p.m. All are welcome to join, DET 470 as they conducts a candlelight vigil in honor of American Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action. The Nov. 8 vigil will conclude a 24-hour guard at a bamboo cage on the UNO Pep Bowl. The bamboo cage, will be filled with an empty uniform in remembrance of all past and present POW/MIA. For more event information, contact Col. Major Gregory P. Reis (Arnold Air Society, Earl S. Hoag Squadron) at or visit

In honor of Veteran’s Day, Nebraska Educational Telecommunications (NET) Television will also air three special programs the night before to salute our nation’s veterans and explore the history of war.

Airing Thursday, Nov. 10, on NET1 and NET-HD are “Vietnam War Stories” at 7 p.m., “POV: Where Soldiers Come From” at 8 p.m. and “STRATCOM 9/11: A Different Doomsday” at 9:30 p.m. All times are CT.

“Vietnam War Stories” shares just a fraction of the personal memories of the three million Americans who served in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. Veterans from all branches of military service share moving stories of triumph and loss on the field of duty, of sacrificing nearly everything on the battlefield and of the strong bonds of brotherhood and companionship in the ranks. Along with the veterans’ stories, archival video, historical photography and maps evoke stark imagery of the conflict.

“POV: Where Soldiers Come From” follows the journey of childhood friends from a small town in Michigan who join the National Guard after high school graduation and end up in the Afghanistan mountains. Over four years, the program chronicles the young men’s transformation from restless teenagers to soldiers looking for roadside bombs to 23-year-old combat veterans trying to start their lives again. The film offers an intimate look at the young Americans who fight our wars, the families and towns they come from  -- and the way a faraway conflict changes everything.

The 30-minute documentary “STRATCOM 9/11: A Different Doomsday” tells the story of the critical role Omaha’s STRATCOM played in supporting air defenses, gathering intelligence and supplying a safe haven for the President of the United States during some of the most uncertain hours in the nation’s history after the 2001 September 11 terrorist attacks.

“STRATCOM 9/11: A Different Doomsday” is a production of NET News for broadcast on NET1 and NET-HD. NET1, NET2 and NET-HD are part of NET Television, a service of NET. For a complete television program schedule, visit NET’s website (

We dedicate this post to the sacrifice and accomplishments made on our behalf by all of the U.S. military men and women. Remember to stop by UNO this Tuesday; tune into NET's Veteran's Day programming this Thursday; or fly your U.S. or POW/MIA flag at your home or business this Friday. But most importantly, thank a veteran if you come across one this week.
- population-we blog post by Becky Bohan Brown
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  1. Knowing that many soldiers returned from controversial wars in the past and were ridiculed and taunted, I am grateful that the many people support our troops regardless of how they may or may not feel about a certain war.

    I am so grateful for those who serve in the military and their families who are very much sacrificing too. I know from friends how very hard it can be when a spouse is deployed.

    First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden promote "Joining Forces" to encourage all sectors of society to honor and support the military and their families. Remembering to shovel walks or help with children can really lighten the load for families with loved ones deployed.

    President Obama signed a proclamation that designates November as Military Family and National Caregiver month.

  2. I also wanted to share this article in the Omaha World Herald by Erin Grace about two pen pals who started writing during WWII. My Grandma was also friends with a Japanese girl who had to go with her family to a camp. War effects the innocent. There just reasons for war. But war is about killing and breaking things. There is a reason why some of the greatest soldiers say "War is Hell."

    Sweet meeting in the article,