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Stars and Stripes Creates Program for WWII Reunion

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 26, 2004 – The military's Stars and Stripes newspaper, in partnership with the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and the American Battle Monuments Commission, has produced a guide and commemorative program for the National World War II Reunion to be held on the National Mall here May 27 to 30.

The program "Tribute to a Generation" -- includes a special events map and agenda; historic Stars and Stripes photos, Bill Mauldin cartoons and newspaper covers; as well as special tributes from Secretary of Veterans Affairs Anthony Principi, District of Columbia Mayor Anthony A. Williams, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution Lawrence M. Small and Stars and Stripes Publisher Thomas E. Kelsch.

In addition to providing the commemorative program, Stars and Stripes also has arranged for several World War II veterans of the newspaper and Yank magazine to speak on May 30.

Among the Veterans History Project speakers at 3 p.m. will be Jack E. Pulwers, author of "The Press of Battle," which features several stories about Stars and Stripes; Peter Sweers, Stars and Stripes' first editor in the Pacific; and Yank correspondent Barrett McGurn. Speaking in the Wartime Stories Pavilion at 5:30 p.m. will be noted Stars and Stripes photographer Tony Vaccaro, Yank correspondent Dave Richardson, and William McNamara, who established Stars and Stripes operations in the United Kingdom.

Beginning May 27, the Stars and Stripes Web site will feature historic material reproduced in honor of the national reunion, including a replica of the commemorative program, photos of the memorial and noteworthy Stars and Stripes front pages from World War II.

The site also will include articles written by such noted correspondents as Andy Rooney, Jimmy Cannon and Don Hewitt; the complete "Victory" edition of Stars and Stripes from Aug. 15, 1945; and several articles from Stripes' "Warweek" features section, such as how to make a foxhole livable, how to meet the demands of landing craft etiquette, and the 10 commandments of how to avoid being stuck in the mud.

(Courtesy of Stars and Stripes.)

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