OFFBEAT: Local readers with WW II memories join Honor Flight

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column
2012-11-11T00:00:00Z OFFBEAT: Local readers with WW II memories join Honor FlightPhilip Potempa, (219) 852-4327

A THANK YOU to all Veterans this Veterans Day 2012!

While there are many references to the late, great Bob Hope, for all his hard work entertaining our soldiers and troops, our local veterans remind me there were also many other famed names who dedicated their time and talents during World War II.

In addition to Hope and The Andrews Sisters, comedienne Martha Raye also traveled extensively overseas entertaining troops. Other regulars who joined these greats include comic Jerry Colonna and pretty songstress Frances Langford.

It's been my pleasure to write about the Honor Flights program in recent months. If you might have missed my earlier columns, here's a reminder about this wonderful opportunity that honors those who have given so much for our country.

The World War II veterans that Honor Flight Chicago pay tribute to, receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., to see the memorial built in their honor, and to those we lost.

Honor Flight Chicago is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to this mission. The WWII Memorial was not completed until the end of 2004, well past the traveling days of many of these vets.

Honor Flight provides the flight, food, and transportation for this day of remembrance. From the send off in the early morning from Midway to the surprises along the way, it is a full day for these mid-80- to mid-90-year-olds. Highlights include a trip down the Mall, and, of course, a visit to the World War II Memorial itself. If you have any questions or would like to find out about further opportunities to join the volunteer team, contact

Reader George Elish of Highland was kind enough to mail me a photo of himself and fellow Times readers who are WWII veterans from the recent August Honor Flight from Midway Airport in Chicago. Joining Elish were Ray Williams of Schererville, Robert Huelett of Munster, Harry Smiddy Jr. of Highland and Joseph McShane of Munster.

Thank you! It's a GREAT photo of GREAT veterans from our Calumet Region!

Write on

Author Rosemary Gard of Crown Point has been invited to the Miami Book Fair next weekend, Nov. 16 and 17, to add her book, "Destiny's Dowry" to the "Readers Favorites" display booth and receive a finalist award on the presentation night.

"This book was the first of a planned trilogy about a Croatian girl and her dangerous journey when she was sold to a Turk," Gard told me.

"The second book, which was just published the second week of October, is called 'Destiny Denied.' This second book is the bridge to the last of the books, when Katya will arrive in Gary, Ind. in 1912. I am told the largest ethnic population was Croatian. I have already received a critic's 5-star review for 'Destiny Denied.' "

My congrats to Rosemary, whose books are available in hardback and kindle from and at Barnes &

The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer. He can be reached at or (219) 852-4327.

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