22 April 2016
For widest dissemination,
AmVets Hawaii Commander, Donovan A. Lazarus would like your help to spread the word… ‘We need an all-hands-on-deck effort to rally our military and civilian communities in and around Ewa Beach, in order to build our Ewa Battlefield Museum to preserve the memories of fallen Marines.’
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Ewa Historian John Bond email worth sharing:
Aloha Donovan and AMVETS Hawaii,
I received a call today from Daniel Martinez who was in a meeting with the National WWII Museum planning group. I was on speaker phone and Daniel and museum staff told me they will be bringing 100 attendees to the Ewa Field Commemoration December 6 and offered to providing supporting costs for the event.
Between AMVets Hawaii and the National WWII Museum we can make this a major national event this year. We have the opportunity to take it all the way to a National Historic Landmark and part of the WW II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. Visitors will be coming from all over the nation and world to see it, a local museum and a possible memorial to American veterans who have fought and died defending the nation.
Historically Ewa Field has a history involving not just the Marines and Navy but also the Army Air Force, Coast Artillery, Army Air Defense, Territorial Guard and civilian Civil Defense. Ewa also contributed many veterans to the 100th Battalion, 442nd, Military Intelligence Service and special WW-II operations that shortened the war and saved at least a million American military and civilian lives in Japan. It’s a really big story most people don’t know.
We want to involve the community, the various JROTC cadet programs, Youth Challenge Academy, Civil Air Patrol, Sea Cadets, etc in the Ewa Landmark Monument process so they all feel ownership in it.
I know Daniel Martinez will be a key ally in helping us move this forward through the National Park Service and we hope AMVETS Hawaii will use their great congressional contacts to get them on board with this. Once the official NPS listing is announced this should really begin to pick up speed.
Save Ewa Field – Kanehili Hui
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Stephen E. Ambrose, Ph.D.
1936 – 2002
Author of the bestseller Band of Brothers and Executive Producer of the HBO miniseries, Stephen E. Ambrose wrote an acclaimed, multi-volume biography of Dwight “Ike” Eisenhower’s presidency and his service as the Supreme Commander of the Allied assault on Nazi Germany. Among Ambrose’s numerous other New York Times bestsellers are D-Day and Citizen Soldiers. In addition to founding The National WWII Museum, Dr. Ambrose served as a historical consultant for the film Saving Private Ryan and was a recipient of the National Humanities Award from President Bill Clinton.
Stephen Ambrose inspired and guided the development of The National WWII Museum. He dreamt of a museum that reflected his deep regard for our nation’s citizen soldiers, the workers on the Home Front and the sacrifices and hardships they endured to achieve victory. When The National D-Day Museum opened on June 6, 2000, Ambrose’s dream was realized, but it represented only the first stage of the truly comprehensive institution he envisioned. On September 25, 2003, the United States Congress awarded the Museum the designation of “America’s National World War II Museum.”