Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall en Local Men Remember D-Day, 70 Years Later <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the early morning hours of June 6,1944, tens of thousands of men from the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and several other nations poured out of landing crafts on the beaches of northern France.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It was the largest amphibious landing in history, and had been preceded by more than a year of planning, deception, and training. The Allied powers lost at least twice as many men as their enemy, but succeeded in their goal of establishing a foothold in Nazi-occupied France.</span></p><p>Friday marks the 70th anniversary of the famous battle, so Essential Pittsburgh talked with three Pittsburgh veterans of World War II who landed on the beaches of Normandy.</p><p>As part of the first wave of the invasion,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Warren </span>Goss<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> explained that he had been trained extensively for months before June 6, but nothing could prepare him for what happened during the invasion.</span></p><p>“We’re trained for everything except what really happens. You’re coming in and you see a whole boatload of <a href="">Higgins boat</a> soldiers disappear, it gets hit direct, it sinks. You see it not making it, you don’t see this in your maneuvers. You don’t expect to see the buddy beside you get hit and you don’t even know it because you don’t have time to look at him. It’s just completely different than what you were trained for, but you’re still trained to go ahead and you obey what you’re supposed to do and you did it.”</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michael&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Vernillo</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;and Ralph Russo, landed on the beach in the second wave of the invasion.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">They were recently awarded the Legion d'Honneur&nbsp;at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland, the highest military honor issued by the French.</span></p><p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 18:51:11 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 30512 at Local Men Remember D-Day, 70 Years Later Soldiers and Sailors Hosts Memorial Day Celebration <p>At Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum, Memorial Day is more than just hotdogs and hamburgers.</p><p>“Over the years, as we had more and more conflicts, the building became a symbol representative of a memorial for all veterans of all branches of service. The only one like it of its kind in the nation,” said Soldiers and Sailors President and CEO John McCabe.</p><p>According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, there are more than 995,000 veterans living in Pennsylvania.</p> Mon, 26 May 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 29670 at Re-enactments to Bring Gettysburg to Life for 150th Anniversary <p></p><p>It was 150 years ago that the battle considered to be the turning point of the Civil War took place in a field in Pennsylvania.</p><p>Each year, thousands of people re-enact the Battle of Gettysburg, and thousands turn out to watch. This year, for the 150<sup>th</sup> anniversary, the events will be even larger than normal.</p><p>“There’ll be two major re-enactments probably attracting 12,000 to 15,000 re-enactors each, and then hundreds of thousands of spectators,” said Andy Masich, president and CEO of the Heinz History Center. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Deanna Garcia 12192 at Re-enactments to Bring Gettysburg to Life for 150th Anniversary Pittsburgh Bridge to be Renamed for Vietnam War Hero <p>“I’m very excited; it’s what I wanted and I’m getting it,” said Clara Prom Burns, reacting to news that the 31<sup>st</sup> Bridge in Pittsburgh will be renamed to honor her brother.</p><p>Gov. Tom Corbett signed legislation Thursday to designate that span over the Allegheny River as the “William Raymond Prom Memorial Bridge,” the first bridge in Pittsburgh named for a Vietnam War hero.</p> Mon, 27 May 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Kevin Gavin 10155 at Soldiers and Sailors Unveils Medal of Honor Exhibit <p>If you’ve ever wondered what a Congressional Medal of Honor looks like but have never had a close up look, now’s your chance.</p><p>The Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum in Oakland opens an exhibit Sunday that displays its five Medals of Honor.</p><p>The Medal of Honor is the United States’ highest military award and is presented for "personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty." &nbsp;Since the beginning of the Civil War there have been 3,460 Medal of Honor recipients.</p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Tim Camerato 5003 at