We commemorate the the 78th anniversary of D-Day with Collections Manager Lisa Petitta and Curator Mike Kraus from Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum, which holds thousands of artifacts from WWII. They will present the history of D-Day through select one-of-a-kind objects from the vault, telling the stories of those who landed in Normandy to liberate Europe from tyranny.
Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum is responsible for one of the only memorials in the United States dedicated solely to all of our military personnel, regardless of their branch of service, status, era or conflict. Their mission is to preserve a lasting tribute to those men and women who unselfishly gave of themselves in serving their country, particularly during the American’s conflicts. Through educational outreach and programs supporting veterans, they promote the significance of the facility to the community as a living memorial, an educational asset, and cultural treasure. Conceived by the Allegheny County Posts of the Grand Army of the Republic, Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall opened its doors in October 1910. Since 2000, they have brought about a rebirth to this aged structure when its trustees took it to nonprofit status. Today, they continue to improve, enhance and create a sustainability program helping to carry their mission into the future.
On this episode Mike and Lisa highlight and honor the service of World War II veterans Private Frank Burdette Miller (U.S. Army), Staff Sergeant Robert Davis (U.S. Army), PFC Harry Mistrik (Engineer Regiment), Sgt. Charles Lieberth (U.S. Army), Private Paul Swazuk (U.S. Army), Sgt. James Schell (U.S. Army), Captain Herbert M. Krauss (U.S. Army), and MoH Recipient John Pinder (U.S. Army). They also discuss the ingenious design of the Cricket Clicker.