QC Veterans’ Roll Call Show Notes March 12, 2017
It’s March and the month sure has been “roaring,” weather-wise. I hope that it calms down just a bit for the big bi-state St. Patrick’s Day Parade next week. In the meantime, here are this week’s show notes.
Our first guest was Mr. Daniel Gannon. Dan is a Vietnam Veteran who saw combat as a United States Marine Captain. He continued his service as a Captain in the Iowa National Guard. After retiring from UPS in 2004, he has donated almost 5000 hours of volunteer time to his community, most going to Veterans’ causes.
We discussed the terrific work the Commission performs. We also learned that regarding flag protocol, the POW/MIA flag is to be flown below the American flag yet above any state flag.
We barely scratched the surface with Dan and his work so we’re looking forward to having him back this spring. To learn more about the Iowa Department of Veterans’ Affairs, please visit their website.
Our second guest was Mr. Ken Cunningham with The Artists’ Vault. I met Ken about a year ago at St. Ambrose. Ken served our nation as an Army Ranger in harms’ way. After completing his education at SAU, he is pursuing his passion of art. Ken is an incredibly talented artist and we had a great discussion about the power of art to tell a story and offer a way of remembrance.
Please check out Ken’s studio. They just celebrated their grand opening. it is located at 208 North Second Street in Eldridge. The hours are 10-7, Monday thru Friday and 10-5 Sunday. In addition to the art available at the studio, Ken said commissioning of works is also a possibility. The studio is offering free art classes for Veterans. Here is a link to their Facebook page.
The featured image is one of Ken’s paintings. Here is a photo of where the “magic” happens at “The Artist’s Vault.”
We appreciate everyone’s support of our show. If you have an idea for a guest, a book review (we featured The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richards Rhodes this week), or another program offering, please let us know. After all, this is YOUR Veterans’ radio show Quad Cities.
Be well my friends,