Burg Altena, Germany

(15.05.2001 , United States, PHILADELPHIA )
Storytellers share tales of wartime heroism

PHILADELPHIA, PA, May 11, 2001 -- The National Liberty Museum marks Armed Forces Day at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 19 with a unique storytelling event that honors American veterans, and those they left behind. "A Question of Honor: When Our Loves Ones Go to War," a PECO Program, celebrates the courage of loved ones left on the home front during wartime.

Veteran Robin Moore will recount his almost supernatural -- and life-saving -- connection to his mother as a 19-year-old combat soldier under ambush in Vietnam. Storyteller Debra Pieri will give a wife's perspective on the story of Lt. Dutchy Sauler -- whose B-17 went down over Germany in 1945. Lt. Sauler gave his life to save every member of his "Miss Anthracite" crew, and his family petitions the government for a posthumous Medal of Honor to this day.

"An understanding of heroism eludes today's youth. Their heroes fall short of gallantry, supreme courage, and heroic self-sacrifice," says storyteller and educator Debra Pieri. "Our children need to recognize the hero in ordinary men and women to have a better understanding of the great cost of privilege and freedom they enjoy."

Museum Executive Director Gwen Borowsky adds, "This is a living history that deserves a place in America's home for heroes -- there is nothing more memorable than the young honoring those whose valor paved the way for liberty."

The National Liberty Museum is dedicated to celebrating democracy, promoting tolerance and defusing violence. Located at 321 Chestnut Street in the heart of Philadelphia?s historic district, the Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Sunday. Guided tours are offered at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. every day starting in June. The facility is fully accessible to disabled visitors. For more information about the museum, call 215-925-2800 or visit www.libertymuseum.org.

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