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Kenton Co. Library to Highlight Armed Forces in May

Memorial Day commemorates all men and women who have died in military service for the United States. The William E. Durr Branch of the Kenton County Public Library will be highlighting the men and women of the armed services through a series of programs during the month of May.

“We live in a region with a large population of veterans who are living proof of the rich military history of Northern Kentucky – these veterans need to be honored through library programming.," said Seth Longland, adult programmer for the William E. Durr branch. "As such, it is beyond important for the library to enrich our patrons, including veterans, by exposing them to the military history of the Tristate, past and present; to the social changes brought to Kentucky through war and sacrifice; and to also entertain them, not just through the aforementioned didactic activities, but with relevant and respectful performances.”

All events are free and open to the public.

Events include:

Honor Flight Author Visit with Cheryl Popp & Peter Bronson

Thursday, May 5, 7 -8 PM

Honor Flight Director Cheryl Popp and author Peter Bronson will be on hand to talk about their book Legacy of Courage: True Stories of Honor Flight Veterans.  They will talk about the Honor Flights program and share stories of veterans in the tristate area. 

Axis Prisoners of War in Kentucky

Tuesday, May 10, 7 -8 PM

The Kentucky Humanity Council's Speakers Bureau presents "Axis Prisoners of War in Kentucky".  This presentation by Professor Richard E. Holl will discuss the 10,000 or more German prisoners of war held in POW camps in Kentucky at Fort Knox, Camp Campbell, and Camp Breckinridge during World War II. 

World War I and Cincinnati

Thursday, May 12, 7-8 PM

Enquirer librarian Jeff Seuss will discuss Cincinnati connections from the war to end all wars, from the anti-German hysteria that swept the country to the boys who were sent "over there"!

Military Movie Marathon

Friday, May 13,  9 AM-9 PM

We'll be showing military-themed movies all day long including:
The Patriot (R)
Glory (R)
Saving Private Ryan (R)
Bridge of Spies (PG-13)

Meet and Talk with a Marine Corps Sniper*

Thursday, May 19, 7 -8: PM

Former Marine Corps Sniper, Lance Corporal Kevin Ferreira, will offer a live chat on his experiences as an American sniper.  He'll discuss his time as a sniper and leave room for a Q&A at the end of the event. Please email all questions for Kevin to Seth Longland,,  prior to the night of the event.  Questions will be screened for content and security purposes.

Military Series: An Evening with the Wright Brass Band

Tuesday, May 24, 6:30 PM-7:30 PM

Join us for an evening of music with the Wright Brass Band courtesy of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base!

The William E. Durr Branch is located at 1992 Walton-Nicholson Road in Independence. For additional information, call 859-962-4031.

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