Gallery: Chattanooga veteran, others reflect on 75th anniversary of D-Day +3 more photos In the last year, Ralph Painter has had a heart valve replaced. Celebrated another birthday. Undergone dialysis. On Saturday, the 97-year-old was in his East Brainerd home preparing to attend the 79th reunion of his Polk County High School graduating class in Benton, Tennessee. He is among the few surviving veterans of World War II left as the world commemorates the 75th anniversary of D-Day on Thursday. Of the 16 million who served, fewer than 550,000 are still alive. Since October, 10 members of his Army unit have died, now there are only 20 left. That he's still here is not lost on him. "I wasn't sure I was going to make it to June 6 again," Painter said. "But I'm glad I did." View our 21 Veteran Salute page Painter, a Bronze Star recipient, was a mechanic on the first tank that rolled onto Utah Beach during the Allied invasion. Later in 1944, he would take part in the Battle of the … [Read more...] about Chattanooga veteran, others reflect on 75th anniversary of D-Day
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In London on Saturday, famously interview-wary guitarist-bandleader Robert Fripp spent four hours talking to journalists. Hank Shteamer, provided by Published 7:09 pm PDT, Monday, April 8, 2019 Photo: Dean Stockings Photo: Dean Stockings Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: Dean Stockings King Crimson’s 50th Anniversary Press Day: 15 Things We Learned 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Coming onstage at 10:30 a.m. London time on Saturday, Robert Fripp got right to the point. “I don’t know what your personal aims are for today, but I’ll declare mine,” the guitarist and longtime King Crimson bandleader said. “My primary interest is to introduce King … [Read more...] about King Crimson’s 50th Anniversary Press Day: 15 Things We Learned
NEW YORK >> Placido Domingo’s eyes watered and his voice quavered. After portraying dozens of characters over a half-century on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House, he got emotional being himself. METROPOLITAN OPERA VIA AP Placido Domingo stands on stage at the Metropolitan Opera. Domingo celebrated the 50th anniversary of his debut at the Met.METROPOLITAN OPERA VIA AP Placido Domingo stands on stage with one of the special gifts he was presented with during a special anniversary celebration: a piece of the Metropolitan Opera stage, at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Domingo celebrated the 50th anniversary of his debut at the Met. NEW YORK >> Placido Domingo’s eyes watered and his voice quavered. After portraying dozens of characters over a half-century on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House, he got emotional being himself. “For us, the opera singers, it is just like Frank Sinatra said: New York, New York, if you made it, … [Read more...] about Placido Domingo celebrates the 50th anniversary of his Metropolitan Opera debut
ENOLA – During the Vietnam War, Enola resident Dennis Walls remembers being spit upon while he was in uniform in Washington D.C.The U.S. Navy veteran is glad to see things are different now for the troops when they come home, and for the Vietnam veterans, too, who are receiving their long-overdue recognition.Today on Veterans Day, a National Vietnam Veterans Pinning Ceremony was hosted by U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey’s office and the American Legion Post 751 in Enola.Area veterans received lapel pins in honor of their service and in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the start of the Vietnam War.Col. Robert J. DeSousa, Sen. Toomey’s state director, spoke at today’s ceremony. When his unit was deployed to Iraq in 2007, he remembers all the grateful well-wishers who sent them off. That was not the case for those who served in Vietnam.“The Vietnam veterans said ‘never again,’” DeSousa said. Now, “Whether they agree with the conflict or … [Read more...] about Veterans honored in ceremony commemorating 50th anniversary of Vietnam War
As we enjoy the bright days of summer, we should take time to reflect on two important anniversaries. Fifty years ago, this summer, America and the world watched one of the most iconic moments of the Civil Rights Movement unfold. And it was ninety-five years ago that Texas took a large step forward for women. Both anniversaries concern a right we as Texans hold dear: the right to vote, through which we express our desires and priorities as citizens. In 1964, scores of young people, black and white, energized with a spirit of racial justice converged on the state of Mississippi. They had journeyed there to help register African-Americans to vote. That season of heroism and insurmountable determination became known as the Freedom Summer. Only a small fraction of eligible African-Americans in the state were registered. In Mississippi, as in other places across the country, an entrenched establishment resisted allowing racial diversity to express its voice through the political … [Read more...] about Wendy Davis recognizing the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer.