Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall http://wesa.fm en Re-enactments to Bring Gettysburg to Life for 150th Anniversary http://wesa.fm/post/re-enactments-bring-gettysburg-life-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 http://wesa.fm Re-enactments to Bring Gettysburg to Life for 150th Anniversary Pittsburgh Bridge to be Renamed for Vietnam War Hero http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-bridge-be-renamed-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 http://wesa.fm Soldiers and Sailors Unveils Medal of Honor Exhibit http://wesa.fm/post/soldiers-and-sailors-unveils-medal-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 http://wesa.fm