Pritzker Military Library Announces Their October 2012 Event Calendar

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October programs with recent Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Dakota Meyer (USMC), Rick Atkinson and Sir Max Hastings - amongst many other excting events - and our annual Liberty Gala - make this month very special at the Pritzker Military Library!

On OCT. 3, the Library will host Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. DAKOTA MEYER (USMC), author of Into the Fire: A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War. The evening features a reception, reading and book-signing, as well as a discussion between Sgt. Meyer and his co-author BING WEST. This event is sponsored by the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. The evening opens with a reception at 5:00 pm. and is open to Library members and their guests—please contact the Library for information.

On OCT.4, Lt. Col. DAN HAMPTON, author of Viper Pilot: A Memoir of Air Combat. Lt. Col. Hampton, a member of the elite force “Wild Weasels,” will recount his experience as a fighter pilot whose job it was to take out surface-to-air missiles; and as part of the team that closed America’s airspace on 9/11. The program will begin at 6:00 pm at the Library.

On OCT. 18, get a fascinating glimpse into the family life of one of the most iconic figures in American military history. General George S. Patton’s grandson, Benjamin, will read from his book Growing Up Patton, a memoir and family history of the Pattons which draws heavily from never-before-published wartime correspondence between the General and his son, the author’s father, as a cadet at West Point. The event begins at 6:00 pm.

On OCT. 20, the Library will show High Ground. The film focuses on veterans, who live with life altering injuries, both seen and unseen. High Ground follows them as they train in Colorado, to Nepal, and up Mt. Lobouche. Along with recounting their wartime experiences, the veterans find teamwork, friendship, and healing on the journey. The movie will begin at 1:00pm and is free with admission to the Library.

On OCT. 25, the Library hosts scholars Allan Millett, Justus Doenecke and James Reckner for a discussion on Theodore Roosevelt and the Military. The panel moderated by Harry Lembeck with the Theodore Roosevelt Association, will discuss President Roosevelt’s reformation of the Army, the famous Great White Fleet, and America’s build up to World War I. This program is sponsored by the Reserve Officers Association and the Theodore Roosevelt Association. The event begins at 6:00 pm.

On OCT. 26, the Library features Attached: The History of Embedded Journalists, a discussion between award-winning authors Rick Atkinson and Sir Max Hastings. Sponsored by Norwich University, this conversation will focus on the role played by embedded journalists and the way they shape history. The program will begin at 3:00 pm.

On OCT. 27, the Pritzker Military Library will host its 2012 Liberty Gala at the Hilton Chicago, bringing together patrons of the Library with our special guests ― men and women from every branch of the Armed Services and the 2012 recipient of the Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing, Sir Max Hastings. For ticket information, contact the Library at 312.374.9333.

All events will take place in the Library and are free to Library members and $10/non-members, with the exception of Into the Fire (Oct. 3), which is restricted to Members of the Library. Each event will also be featured in a live webcast/podcast available on the Library’s website. For tickets and other information, contact the Library at 312.374.9333.

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