Tag Archives: World War II

Joseph A. Strasser

Documentary Honoring a Generous Supporter: The Legacy of Joseph A. Strasser

For , life is a numbers game. The successful financier and philanthropist budgeted many years of his life to building a career in finance and public administration. He’s now the subject of a 13-minute documentary that details and preserves the legacy of an unusual life well-lived. Directed by Ana Paula Habib and Isaac Brown, “The Legacy of Joseph A. Strasser” recounts his story, beginning with his escape from the Holocaust and immigration to the United States as a small child. The film will be screened October 24 at the . The event will honor his life, surviving the hardship of …

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World War II Jets Send a Sky-High Message: GEICO Skytypers to Debut New Flight Demonstration at 2018 NAS Jacksonville Air Show

World War II Jets Send Sky-High Message: GEICO Skytypers to Debut at NAS Jacksonville Air Show

The World-Famous GEICO Skytypers Air Show Team will roar into Jacksonville later this month to wow crowds with an entirely new flight demonstration at the 2018 Air Show (October 27-28). The squadron of aircraft will participate in a full weekend of jaw-dropping exhibitions showcasing both civilian and military aviators. The ’s famous provide the grand finale, but the entire weekend is jam-packed with talented teams and champion pilots from across the country.     For Flight Lead Larry Arken, skytyping is the family business and something he’s been doing his entire life. His father, retired Naval Aviator Mort Arken, established …

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Military Museum of North Florida in Green Cove Springs, Photo by Jennifer Melville

Military Museum of North Florida: Local Battle of Britain Survivor Weaves a Tale of Terror, Trials, and Triumph

Had he been on that bus, he may have died. Chris Mayer, Executive Director of the Military Museum of North Florida, points to a powerful picture of a double-decker bus peering from the rubble of Balham High Street in London following a German air raid. “My aunt says she wanted to go to the zoo. And I said, “Yeah, I’d LOVE to go to the zoo,”’ Mayer reminisces in a thick Cockney accent. Despite the bombing, life continued in London during the Battle of Britain. “We got to the bus depot and there are these 8 buses out in front. …

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When 400,000 Men Couldn’t Get Home Home Came For Them “DUNKIRK”

Release Date: July 21, 2017 Running Time: 1 hour and 46 minutes Rated PG-13 for intense war experience and some language Genre: Action, Drama, History Written & Directed by: Christopher Nolan Grade: A “There’s no hiding from this, son.We have a job to do.” is based on the true story of the defense and evacuation of 338,226 men from a small town in Dunkirk, France between May 26 and June 4, 1940.  Allied forces comprised of troops from the British Empire, France and Belgium were surrounded by German troops during a fierce battle in . The event takes place eight …

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FROM THE BEGINNING: The History of Atlantic Beach, Florida

Atlantic Beach citizens take pride in the residential character of their little city and plan to keep it that way. They confine its two business districts to Mayport Road and to Atlantic Boulevard. Its voters refused to merge with Neptune and Jacksonville Beaches in 1947.

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Old Arlington: The New Place to Be!

Arlington is reinventing itself–it’s on the move. Rooted in history and continuing through the , Arlington development exploded with the opening of the Mathews Bridge in 1953. Miles and miles of riverfront property wrap around the first North-to-East bend of the river from Downtown, heading out to the Atlantic Ocean. In addition to indigenous peoples, the French, Spanish, British and Americans have walked its ground, shaded under towering oak trees through centuries. Its apex began in the mid-20th century as a post-haven for new housing, expansion of communities, and soon, a private university using the namesake of the city, . …

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Movie Review: FURY

It’s April 1945 during the middle of . has recruited every German: soldiers, men, women and children he could find. You are in the middle of war but so far you have been stuck behind a desk typing 60 words a minute for only 8 weeks in the Army. This is the reality of Norman Ellison (; Perks of a Wallflower) from desk clerk to assistant driver for Don “Wardaddy” Collier (). His mission is to keep his team alive and so far he doesn’t like anyone. The other part of the team: Boyd “Bible” Swan () who is very …

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