March 15 2009

Holland American Legion Band to Commemorate D-Day 65th Anniversary.

HollandLegionBandMemorialDay2008JacketwithFlagsmall.jpgThe Holland, Michigan, American Legion Band is celebrating its 90th year and traveling to Europe in June 2009 to commemorate the 65th Anniversary of the D-Day invasion.  Many members of the band have been with the band over four decades.  Listen to their story here.

Brief  Itinerary (as of 2/10/09)

June 4 – Departure (overnight flight) June 5 – Arrival in Paris – travel to Caen in Normandy - visit Caen Memorial/Museum June 6 – Participate in 65th D-Day Anniversary Ceremonies at Utah Beach and perform in Saint-Lo. June 7 – Sightseeing and performance at the Normandy American Cemetery Monument (Colleville-sur Mer), Carentan and Arromanches. June 8 – Travel to Paris – sightseeing June 9 – Travel to the Bastogne area with stop in Aisne-Marne Cemetery in Belleau, where Willard G. Leenhouts is buried (hold brief ceremony.) June 10 – Travel to and joint performance in Middelburg, Zeeland Province Capitol, with the Middelburg Muziekkorps. June 11 – Travel to and joint performance with the Excelsior Grootorkest from Wassenaar (concert probably at the American School of the Hague.)  (Both days sightseeing and visiting historic WWII sites in the Netherlands.) June 12 – Travel to Amsterdam – sightseeing – farewell dinner June 13 – Return to USA

(Performances in bold are confirmed.)

June 16 - Homecoming (first regular season) Concert in Kollen Park.

March 14 2009

Under the Influence - 09Mar09

Gord survived a simultaneous heart attack and stroke.  Almost 90 years old, his hope for his children and grandchildren is that they will make life worthwhile.  He shares how his entire life has been under the influence of Jesus.

He Touched Me - 02Mar09

Elmer found hit rock bottom in a VA hospital.  Expecting to die a drunk, Elmer pulled his life back together and has been sober for over 40 years.  How did he do it?  With the help of God (and the support of a number of friends).  He shares his story because: "God didn't save me for me to keep my mouth shut."

February 27 2009

Two Familes, One Roof - 23Feb09

Jeneva grew up in the house where her dad and grandfather lived their entire lives.  With our current economic situation, more families are finding themselves in multi-generational households.  Like many people from her generation in the 1930s, she didn't know life any other way.

Listen at 2pm each Monday afternoon on 1260AM for new Audio Memories.

February 18 2009

Grandma - 16Feb09

This recording of my grandmother from 1990 inspired the creation of Audio Memories.  We should all spend more time with our senior neighbors and family members.

February 14 2009

Valentine’s Day - How I met your mother 9Feb09

Three days after meeting eachother on a Greyhound bus, Don and Dorothy were married.  Now they have celebrated 54 years of marriage.  This week's story concludes with a quick story about how free fish brought Irene a husband.

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Malmedy Massacre Lone Survivor 02Feb09

As part of the Veterans History Project, World War II Army Veteran, Frank Zinger, recounts how his base was infiltrated by Germans wearing American uniforms and how he narrowly escaped being a victim of the Malmedy Massacre.

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February 4 2009

Dynamite Brothers 26Jan09

Don gives his teacher a well deserved raise with a thumb tack for each bun and then his brother joins him to launch a lightning rod with dynamite.  Call today to share your stories or to preserve the stories of your parents and grandparents. 269-751-7017.  Hear a new story each week at 2pm Mondays on 1260AM The Pledge WPNW.  (

January 20 2009

Touching Shoulders

Don Huisman was in the ROTC when President Elect Roosevelt visited Grand Rapids, Michigan.  When he wanted to join the fight in WWII he wasn't invited.  When he wanted to be home with his new wife, Uncle Sam called him to duty.  He doesn't remember where he was when Kennedy was shot, but he does recall where he was when President Roosevelt died.

This Inauguration week podcast is closed with 94 year-old, Julia Drost reciting from memory, the poem: Touching Shoulders.

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