Honoring U.S. military veterans will stretch across more than a week in Rosemount through events organized by the Rosemount Area Arts Council, the Rosemount VFW, the city of Rosemount and Beyond the Yellow Ribbon.
The four entities are banding together to present a special ceremony, dinner, movies and author talks before and after Veterans Day on Saturday, Nov. 11.
The main event is a special concert and talk by U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Lou Martin, retired, on Friday, Nov. 10, starting at 7 p.m. at the Rosemount Steeple Center.
The musical portion of the night before and after Martin’s presentation will include performances by the 34th Infantry Division Red Bulls Band – Northstar Brass Quintet.
Martin is the author of three books recounting his time as an Air Force pilot.
He obtained his pilot’s license in 1945 at age 17 and was an Air Force pilot for 22 years including 169 combat flight hours in Vietnam.
He retired in 1970 as a lieutenant colonel.
Following his retirement he was a captain for Japan Airlines, a charter pilot in Iran (during the overthrow of the Shah) an inspector pilot with the FAA, a war bird pilot for the Minnesota Planes of Fame Air Museum and served with the U.S. Consulate Office in Germany from 1992 to 1996.
His overseas experience included 10 years in Germany, seven in Japan, three in Iran and two trips to Moscow.
Martin holds a bachelor of science degree with the University of Maryland, Transport Pilot Certificates with the U.S., Japan and Iran and has 19,000 flight hours.
Other events in honor of Veterans Day are:
• Matinee Movie — “Hacksaw Ridge” on Friday, Nov. 3, 1 p.m., Rosemount Steeple Center
• Author Presentation with Mike Rinowski — “Harley Tracks — Across Vietnam to the Wall” on Monday, Nov. 6, 1 p.m., Rosemount Steeple Center
• Veterans Day Dinner, sponsored by the Rosemount Beyond The Yellow Ribbon, Sunday, Nov. 12, 6 p.m., Rosemount First Baptist Church
• Author Presentation — “Cartographer of No Man’s Land” (WWI) Sunday, Nov. 12, 6:30 p.m., Robert Trail Library, Rosemount
All the events are free to attend.
“Hacksaw Ridge” is described on its official website as being based on the true story of Desmond Doss who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of World War II, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun.
He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon, as he believed that while the war was justified, killing was wrong.
As an Army medic, he evacuated the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers and was wounded by a grenade and hit by snipers.
He was the first conscientious objector awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.
The movie was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Actor, Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing.
Army veteran and author Mike Rinowski’s book “Harley Tracks: Across Vietnam to the Wall,” narrates his journey across Vietnam on a Harley-Davidson Fat Boy motorcycle in honor of those who fought in the Vietnam War.
Rinowski told the Morrison County Record newspaper in 2015 he initially shipped his motorcycle to Hanoi, Vietnam, in 2008, because of a job opportunity to build a golf course there. But eight months after his Harley had arrived, the work didn’t pan out as hoped. With his motorcycle, he then set out on an adventure ride, going south.
“I had some very emotional moments there. Carrying the memory, going to these distant points and thinking of the fallen,” he told the Record.
Rinowski travelled up and down Vietnam about seven times, having journeyed a total of 41,000 miles.
“After 6,000-plus hours of writing, and re-writing, I published ‘Harley Tracks’ with professional guidance, after which, I learned that’s only 5 percent of getting a story to it’s audience,” Rinowski says on his website. “As I rode in faith, I wrote in faith, and those I hoped would find it worthy have encouraged me to push hard to promote it. However, the outgoing nature to market something has been only a sliver in my character, but I’ve gotten better. Many people who don’t read books have been fascinated with my story told at events.”
More about the book is at http://harleytracks.com.
For more information, go online to http://RosemountArts.com.