Hang Tough 6-6-44

Jordan Brown is a 13-year-old World War II buff who embarked upon a campaign to ensure that the WWII vets who served on D-Day are memorialized. This blog follows his journey to Normandy, France to watch the unveiling of the Major Dick Winters monument that he helped raise money to fund.

  • Hang Tough: Dick Winters in Normandy - The Brown family reflects on time in Normandy

    Written by Tim Lambert, witf Multimedia News Director

    Hang Tough: Dick Winters in Normandy - The Brown family reflects on time in Normandy

    (Bayeux, France) -- Jordan Brown, 13, of Lebanon County hasn’t had much of a chance to reflect on his speech at the Major Richard Winters Leadership Monument dedication last week. He says his only concern before he took the podium was the chill in the air. "I got nervous when I was cold, because I was shivering. So, I thought shivering would make me mess up," he says. "So that got me nervous. But, then it warmed up and I was like, alright, it’s good now."

    His mom, Yasmin, chuckles as she recalls watching him on the stage, "I really didn’t have a case of the nerves as I did just as the mother looking at him and seeing how cold he was," she says.

    Jordan raised more than $99,000 for the monument project.

    As part of our project "Hang Tough: Dick Winters in Normandy," witf’s Tim Lambert talks with Jordan and his parents Rob and Yasmin Brown about what the family calls "a trip of a lifetime."

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    Published in Hang Tough 6-6-44

    Tagged under Major Dick Winters, Normandy, Radio

    Monday, 11 Jun 2012 09:36

  • Dinner with sculptuor Stephen Spears

    Written by Jordan Brown, Community blogger

    Dinner with sculptuor Stephen Spears

    Yesterday was the monument dedication. After the dedication I met a bunch of school kids from France. That was a lot of fun and I took a lot of pictures with them.

    After the dedication we had a reception at the Utah Beach Museum. The museum was awesome. They had an actual tank in it from WWII.

    That evening we went out to dinner with Stephen Spears who was the sculptor of the monument. He was telling us that there are a lot of mysteries and symbols hidden in the monument. So if you visit it, spend some time guessing and thinking about what they might be. He didn't tell me either, but I had a lot of guesses.

    We're at the train station now heading to Paris and there was a write up in the French paper about yesterday's dedication. There was even a picture of me and a mention about my efforts. That was pretty cool to see.

     

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    Published in Hang Tough 6-6-44

    Tagged under Major Dick Winters, Normandy

    Thursday, 7 Jun 2012 12:16

  • Hang Tough: Dick Winters in Normandy - Inside the monument dedication ceremony

    Written by Tim Lambert, witf Multimedia News Director

    Hang Tough: Dick Winters in Normandy - Inside the monument dedication ceremony

    (Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, France) -- A monument in the likeness of late Major Dick Winters has been unveiled in France.  witf's Tim Lambert reports from Normandy, where the ceremony dedicating the statue of the midstate native took place. 

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    Published in Hang Tough 6-6-44

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    Thursday, 7 Jun 2012 08:43

  • Audio: Listen to former PA Gov. Tom Ridge and F&M President Dan Porterfield honor Maj. Dick Winters

    Written by Megan Lello

    Audio: Listen to former PA Gov. Tom Ridge and F&M President Dan Porterfield honor Maj. Dick Winters

    In addition to witf's Multimedia News Director, Tim Lambert, former Pennsylvania Governor and Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge and Franklin and Marshall College President Dan Porterfield also attended the unveiling of the statue in the likeness of Major Dick Winters near Utah Beach in France. Winters, an Ephrata native, attended Franklin and Marshall in Lancaster, and made a name for himself during World War II. Both Ridge and Porterfield spoke at today's ceremony. Their remarks can be heard here:

    President Porterfield:

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    Governor Ridge:

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    Published in Hang Tough 6-6-44

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    Wednesday, 6 Jun 2012 22:58

  • Statue honoring Major Dick Winters unveiled in France

    Written by Craig Layne, Morning Edition Host/Reporter

    Statue honoring Major Dick Winters unveiled in France

    (Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, France) – Wednesday marks the 68th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France. The late Major Dick Winters began to make a name for himself on June 6th, 1944, and his legacy of leadership, and the leadership of other American junior officers, is remembered in a monument that bears his likeness. As part of our "Hang Tough: Dick Winters in Normandy" project, witf's Tim Lambert was at the unveiling of that statue Wednesday morning. He spoke with witf’s Craig Layne about the ceremony:

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    Published in Hang Tough 6-6-44

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    Wednesday, 6 Jun 2012 12:53

  • Hang Tough: Dick Winters in Normandy - Special memories of Winters' legacy

    Written by Tim Lambert, witf Multimedia News Director

    Hang Tough: Dick Winters in Normandy - Special memories of Winters' legacy

    (Bayeux, France) -- The late Dick Winters has been immortalized, as hundreds gathered to watch the dedication of a monument in his likeness on Wednesday, the 68th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Europe. Major Richard Winters is the soldier atop the monument dedicated to junior US military officers who took part in the D-Day operation. His story as the leader of Easy Company in the 101st Airborne’s Second Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment has become well-known - thanks to the book Band of Brothers and the HBO mini-series.

    To the men he served with and their families, Winters holds a special place. Susan Finn’s father was Robert Burr Smith, a sergeant with Easy Company. She says she appreciates how Winters looked after his men. "I always felt that he was very protective of the men, and especially so of my father. I think there was a true fondness of my father from him," Finn says. "I've always felt he shaped my father totally into the man he was." Finn and several other family members of Easy Company veterans were on hand for the dedication ceremony. The event featured a speech by Lebanon County’s Jordan Brown. The 13-year-old has raised close to a quarter of the $400,000 price tag for the project.

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    Published in Hang Tough 6-6-44

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    Wednesday, 6 Jun 2012 11:16

  • Hang Tough: Dick Winters in Normandy - Winters' leadership remembered

    Written by Tim Lambert, witf Multimedia News Director

    Hang Tough: Dick Winters in Normandy - Winters' leadership remembered

    (Bayeux, France) -- Wednesday marks the 68th anniversary of the D-Day invasion to liberate France from Nazi occupation. It’s also the day the late Richard Winters began making a name for himself in Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne, when he parachuted into the town of Saint Mere Eglise. His exploits throughout the Second World War would eventually be chronicled by historian Stephen Ambrose in the book Band of Brothers and the HBO mini-series of the same name. Winters has become so respected, his likeness is featured in a new monument that was dedicated Wednesday -- half a world away from his beloved home outside Hershey. The statue honors the leadership of all junior US military officers who stormed the beaches or jumped into France in 1944. As part of our "Hang Tough: Dick Winters in Normandy" project, witf’s Tim Lambert sends us an audio postcard from Normandy, with former Governor Tom Ridge and others, about Winters’ ability to get the best of his men. {mp3remote}http://witf.vo.llnwd.net/o35/fmnews/leadership2way.mp3{/mp3remote}

    Published in Hang Tough 6-6-44

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    Wednesday, 6 Jun 2012 10:11

  • Hang Tough: Dick Winters in Normandy - Sculptor discusses the memorial

    Written by Tim Lambert, witf Multimedia News Director

    Hang Tough: Dick Winters in Normandy - Sculptor discusses the memorial

    (Bayeux, France) -- Tomorrow will mark the dedication of the Major Richard D. Winters Leadership Monument outside the town of Saint Marie du Mont to help mark the 68th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion. The Bronze sculpture is about 13 feet tall and the man who created it says it means the world to him, knowing the leader of the so-called Band of Brothers gave his blessing to the project. "You know, he's the man. I just wish he could have been here to see it. That would have made it that much more special," says sculptor Stephen Spears. As part of witf’s multimedia project, "Hang Tough: Dick Winters in Normandy," witf's Tim Lambert had a chance to chat with Spears at a hotel in the French town of Bayeux ahead of the unveiling. {mp3remote}http://witf.vo.llnwd.net/o35/fmnews/spearstwoway.mp3{/mp3remote}

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    Tuesday, 5 Jun 2012 10:52

  • Jordan's first day in France

    Written by Jordan Brown, Community blogger

    Jordan's first day in France

    Today I viewed various battle areas including Omaha Beach, Utah Beach, Point Du Hoc, St Mere Eglise, and Breacourt Manor. I also went to the Normandy American Cemetary and the German Cemetery.

    They were very emotional, especially the beaches. Did you know the American Cemetary is actually on American soil?

    I watched German soldiers care for their cemetery and got treated to a flyover at the American Cemetery. I also heard them play Taps there.

    I got to Omaha Beach at low tide and looked for shells but didn't find any. But I did get sand from Omaha and Utah Beaches and soil from Breacourt Manor.

    Point Du Hoc was my favorite because of all the bunkers and craters. It's amazing how many craters there were and the height of the cliffs they had to climb.

    That's all for now.

    Jordan

    Published in Hang Tough 6-6-44

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    Monday, 4 Jun 2012 18:58

  • CBS spot and trip update

    Written by Jordan Brown, Community blogger

    CBS spot and trip update

     

    Hey everyone,

    I just thought I'd let you know that CBS News will have some coverage about the dedication on June 6th! Make sure you check it out. Unless some other news event happens that day, their coverage should be sometime around 8:30 in the morning on "CBS This Morning" which airs from 7 - 9 am on the East Coast.

    CBS & I filmed for about 3 hours, but I'll only be on for maybe 20 seconds! They will also be interviewing Easy Company vets "Wild" Bill and Babe Heffron and also covering dedication.

    And of course, my cat, Oreo, being the way she is decided she wanted to be part of the intervew, so she was on my lap and at the end of the interview came up to the camera to make sure she was featured also. It was really funny and I wonder if they'll show any of that on TV. Here's a picture for you to enjoy!

    Tomorrow afternoon I go to the Philly airport to leave for France. Even though I know very little French I will be practicing for a little on the plane. I'm excited for tomorrow but I'm going to miss my friends. Soon I will be telling you about what I've learned and what I'm doing.

    Bye - Jordan

    Published in Hang Tough 6-6-44

    Tagged under Major Dick Winters

    Saturday, 2 Jun 2012 00:45

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