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101st Airborne Division soldiers travel to Bastogne Belgium to celebrate 75th Battle of the Bulge Anniversary

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionBastogne, Belgium – Nearly a million people converged on the city of Bastogne to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge victory, fought and won during World War II, with a parade, December 14th, 2019. The Bastogne parade was the physical embodiment of joy as visitors and locals commemorated the defeat of Nazi forces in the small town.

The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) sent more than 90 Soldiers to Belgium to march in the parade and participate in other ceremonies, as well as learn about the unit’s history.

The Battle of the Bulge took place six months after D-day.

The 101st Division Artillery Commander, Col. Bryan Babich, leads more than ninety 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Soldiers in the Bastogne parade, Dec. 14. The city celebrates 75 years of freedom from Nazi German occupation. Bastogne played a major role in Hitler’s Ardennes Offensive, the German name for Battle of the Bulge. (Pvt. John Simpson, 40th Public Affairs Detachment)

The 101st Division Artillery Commander, Col. Bryan Babich, leads more than ninety 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Soldiers in the Bastogne parade, Dec. 14. The city celebrates 75 years of freedom from Nazi German occupation. Bastogne played a major role in Hitler’s Ardennes Offensive, the German name for Battle of the Bulge. (Pvt. John Simpson, 40th Public Affairs Detachment)

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Senators Marsha Blackburn, Ted Cruz Condemn EU Ruling Permitting Anti-Israel Business Practices

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) condemned the Court of Justice of the European Union’s recent ruling to permit anti-Israel business practices in the 28 member states.

The ruling singles out Israeli goods for discrimination and requires special labels indicating the origin of products imported from Israeli settlements and areas the EU deems “occupied by Israel since 1967.”

“In Nazi-occupied Europe, the Jewish people were forced to wear a yellow star as a means of discrimination. Similarly, this label will apply only to products from Israel and associated disputed territories, thereby discriminating against Israel and against specific Israeli businesses,” the Senators write.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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Marsha Blackburn Report: Giving Thanks

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – In November 1621, after the pilgrims’ first successful corn harvest, a celebratory meal was held in Plymouth, Massachusetts. It wasn’t for over two hundred years that the meal now known as Thanksgiving was held on a consistent date across the nation.

Just days after delivering the Gettysburg address in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving to be the final Thursday of November. In 2019, it is customary to reflect on the many things we are grateful for. 

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Normandy Project LLC announces upcoming screening of The Girl Who Wore Freedom in Clarksville Tennessee

 

The Girl Who Wore FreedomClarksville, TN – As Americans, we probably know more about World War II than any other war in our history. We have heard about D-Day from movies and stories told by our soldiers who landed on the beaches and parachuted into pastures and towns to fight for France. They fought and died to liberate men, women, and children from enemy forces.

The Girl Who Wore Freedom screening to be Sunday, September 22nd, at the Clarksville-Montgomery County Library.

The Girl Who Wore Freedom screening to be Sunday, September 22nd, at the Clarksville-Montgomery County Library.

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APSU graduate Shawn Harding discovers unexpected Heritage, turns into budding Holocaust Scholar

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – In 2017, the Austin Peay State University (APSU) student Shawn Harding discovered his family had fled Eastern Europe following a violent persecution of that region’s Jewish residents.

In 1905, a nice Catholic family from the Ukraine/Poland border immigrated to the U.S. with very few belongings and one big secret – they weren’t Catholic. More than 110 years later, the family’s great-grandchildren finally learned the truth.

Austin Peay graduate Shawn Harding. (APSU)

Austin Peay graduate Shawn Harding. (APSU)

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A Friendship born in War, Carentan students visit Fort Campbell

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Katrina Craig
101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The 101st Airborne Division, as we know it today, stems from World War II. Nearly eight decades ago, Nazi forces occupied Carentan, a small city in northern France. The 101st Airborne Division had one mission on June 6th, 1944 – liberate Carentan.

The Battle of Normandy was a week of brutal fighting, during which many U.S. Soldiers were either killed or missing in action. Eventually, 101st troops defeated the Nazis, driving them out of the city. The newly liberated citizens of Carentan developed a swell of thankfulness so deep it formed a bond between the citizens of two cities, a world apart.

French students from Lycee Sivard de Beaulieu High School proudly stand in front of a street sign named after their city, Carentan, March 12, at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The students visited Fort Campbell and 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Soldiers as a part of the “Memory and Gratitude Tour,” which honors the day the 101st Airborne Division liberated Carentan from Nazi-German forces, in 1944. (Sgt. 1st Class Katrina Craig)

French students from Lycee Sivard de Beaulieu High School proudly stand in front of a street sign named after their city, Carentan, March 12, at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The students visited Fort Campbell and 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Soldiers as a part of the “Memory and Gratitude Tour,” which honors the day the 101st Airborne Division liberated Carentan from Nazi-German forces, in 1944. (Sgt. 1st Class Katrina Craig)

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Clarksville’s Roxy Regional Theatre presents “The Diary of Anne Frank”, February 17th – March 4th

 

Clarskville's Roxy Regional TheatreClarksville, TN – For over half a century, her memoir has captured the hearts of millions around the world. Now the Roxy Regional Theatre is bringing to life the inspirational true story of a young girl swept up in the turmoil of the Holocaust in “The Diary of Anne Frank”, opening Friday, February 17th, at 8:00pm.

During the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, Anne Frank began to keep a diary on June 14th, 1942, two days after her thirteenth birthday and twenty-two days before going into hiding with her mother, father, sister and four others.

Virginia Richardson stars in "The Diary of Anne Frank" at the Roxy Regional Theatre

Virginia Richardson stars in “The Diary of Anne Frank” at the Roxy Regional Theatre

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Austin Peay State University students present at Phi Alpha Theta National Conference

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s Phi Alpha Theta (PAT) history honors society has long been among the best in the country, recently winning Best Chapter of the Year Division IV for the seventh consecutive year.

Two members of the University’s chapter were chosen to join members of 77 other PAT chapters in presenting their historical research at the society’s biennial national conference, held January 6th-10th in Orlando, FL at the Walt Disney World resort.

APSU students Sara Alexander and Jennifer Keller with Phi Alpha Theta Executive Director Jack Turnstall at the PAT national conference in Orlando, FL. (Austin Peay State University)

APSU students Sara Alexander and Jennifer Keller with Phi Alpha Theta Executive Director Jack Turnstall at the PAT national conference in Orlando, FL. (Austin Peay State University)

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101st Airborne Division Week of the Eagles starts August 10th

 

Written by 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs

Fort Campbell's Week of the EaglesFort Campbell, KY – The “Screaming Eagles” of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) will host the 2012 Week of the Eagles, August 10th-17th, 2012, at Fort Campbell, KY, to reflect upon all that the division’s Soldiers have achieved since the unit was created with no history, but with a “Rendezvous with Destiny.”

“Week of the Eagles is a time for 101st Soldiers of the past and present to come together and reflect on the great legacy of the 101st Airborne Division,” said Maj. Gen. James C. McConville, commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

“This year is particularly significant because it coincides with the 70th anniversary of the division. We invite all Soldiers, families and friends to participate and experience Week of the Eagles 2012.”

2012 Week of the Eagles

2012 Week of the Eagles

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How Leon R. Sitter Served and Sacrificed for Our Nation

 

Essay Written by Seth P. Sitter of Clarksville Academy
As part of the Clarksville Kiwanis Club’s Memories of Service and Sacrifice Project’s “Interview a Veteran Contest”

Today, I interviewed my grandfather Dr. Leon R. Sitter. During the interview we discussed his service in the Army from 1943-1946.

My grandfather was a staff sergeant of the US 86th Infantry division in WWII, and was awarded a bronze star. He fought at the crossing of the Rhine, marched through Nazi occupied France and Germany, and was one of the approximately 16 million men and women that fought for the allied cause in WWII.

He grandfather enlisted in the army at the age of eighteen, in his home town of Cobden IL. At the time of his enlistment, Cobden was a town of only 1000 people, and almost all of the men of enlistment age were either drafted or enlisted. Out of a town of only 1000, 14 men did not return from World War II.

Seth P. Sitter reads a small part of his essay at the “Interview A Veteran” Essay Contest Winners program Tuesday, November 8th 2011.

Seth P. Sitter reads a small part of his essay at the “Interview A Veteran” Essay Contest Winners program Tuesday, November 8th 2011.

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