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TPWD News Release — Nov. 1, 2004

Oliver North To Speak at Veteran’s Day Ceremony

FREDERICKSBURG, Texas — Oliver L. North, combat-decorated Marine, author, and host of War Stories With Oliver North on the Fox News Channel, will recognize America’s veterans for their contributions in keeping our country free and strong as a speaker at the annual Veteran’s Day commemoration at the Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site—National Museum of the Pacific War.

The ceremony, which honors all veterans who have served our country, will be Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. in the Plaza of Presidents. It is open to the public without charge. Since the ceremony will be outdoors, participants are encouraged to dress for the weather.

Col. North will be joined on the program by Maj. Gen. Edward R. “Buster” Ellis, U.S. Air Force Commander, 19th Air Force, Air Education and Training Command, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. Gen. Ellis is responsible for the day-to-day training of approximately 2,000 U.S and allied students. The students range from entry-level flying training through advanced combat crew training. They ultimately become fully qualified aircrew personnel for the war-fighting commands.

Col. North, who served as the U.S. government’s counter-terrorism coordinator, is the author of three best-selling books. Immediately after the commemoration, he will autograph copies of his latest book, War Stories II: Heroism in the Pacific, which will be released Nov. 15.

At 2 p.m. that day, the museum also will host a book signing session with veterans of the Sino American Cooperative Organization (SACO), a guerilla organization that worked behind the Japanese lines in China during World War II, rescuing downed pilots and providing information to the allies. SACO—The Rice Paddy Navy, has been out of print and was recently re-issued.

Commemorating Veterans Day is a long-standing tradition at the National Museum of the Pacific War, the only museum in the continental United States dedicated to telling the story of World War II in the Pacific Theater. The commemoration ceremony includes music by the Ambleside School Chorale from Fredericksburg, a joint color guard, and a 21-gun salute to veterans from all wars.

The National Museum of the Pacific War is managed by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and supported by the Admiral Nimitz Foundation. For additional information about the Veteran’s Day program, please phone (830) 997-4379.

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