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Veterans Day Presentation on November 11 at Clear Lake VFW


This news story was published on November 1, 2018.
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Bennett Smith

CLEAR LAKE – North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) will hold a Veterans Day Presentation on Sunday, November 11, at the VFW in Clear Lake at 219 Main Avenue from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. This free public forum will be facilitated by Bennett Smith.

This presentation will honor the service and sacrifice of Korean War veterans and all veterans on this Veterans Day and educate the public regarding the importance of the Korean War in the context of the early days of the Cold War stand-off between the United States and the Soviet Union.

Following World War II the Korean Peninsula was temporarily occupied in the North by the Soviet Union and in the South by the United States according to an agreement along the 38th parallel. In the interim period of 1945-1949, those foreign occupations would end as new governments formed in North and South Korea, but also with the hope of reunification. As hopes of peaceful reunification faded, there were border clashes that occurred in 1949 and the North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung got permission from Soviet leader Joe Stalin to invade the South in 1950. The communist Chinese leader Mao Tse-tung agreed to support the North’s invasion, and the tragedy of the Korean War began. United Nations forces with the primary involvement of the United States intervened to prevent the complete takeover of South Korea and to prevent the further spread of communism in South East Asia.

There will be a panel of Korean War veterans for this program who have agreed to share their experiences and perspective of the war. A recommended reading list and handout will be provided. 

Bennett Smith is an instructor in history and political science at North Iowa Area Community College. He is also an instructor in various lifelong learning programs including the NIACC Lifelong Learning Institute; the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Iowa State University and the LIFE program at Rochester Community and Technical College in Rochester, Minnesota. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in speech communication and a Master of Arts degree in history from Iowa State University. He has also done graduate work at the University of Iowa in Social Foundations of Education. He is from Clear Lake, IA and currently serves on the Clear Lake City Council.

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8 Responses to Veterans Day Presentation on November 11 at Clear Lake VFW

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    November 2, 2018 at 11:58 am

    RED WAVE coming – control of the House and the Senate ! Blue wave caravan stopped at BORDER ! You people have to give up the democrat kool aid – it’s stale and bad for you health just like your party of corruption.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 2, 2018 at 11:40 am

    I AM a veteran and your a soy boy – treat/threat – what’s the DIFFERENCE ? as your evil Hillery the demonrat would say – It’s only a cruel Joke !

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      November 3, 2018 at 7:49 am

      That would be “you’re” not “your”

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        November 4, 2018 at 3:01 pm

        Oh goody, the grammar Nazi is back.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 2, 2018 at 8:36 am

    2 recent treats to America – Obama and the muslim brotherhood – 2 George Soros the NAZI collaborator and his Kool-Aid democrat brotherhood.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      November 2, 2018 at 9:53 am

      2 recent TREATS! LOL Good one, Bonespur Blogger!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 2, 2018 at 8:15 am

    It would be UN American for any veteran to vote for any demoncrat!

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      November 2, 2018 at 2:57 pm

      Hahahaha did any of you actually serve in the military? Claiming its unamerican to have opinions other than your own is actually unamerican, and goes against everything this nation has faught for and defended for over 200 years.