Monday, June 28, 2010

Support Needed for a Good Cause

If you've ever read or listened to a story done by a reporter embedded with a military unit, then you have Ernie Pyle to thank.  If you're a history buff, and ever want to see how things went at the level of the lowly grunt and the other gang of heroes, then either have already read or should read the collected works of Ernie Pyle.

Ernie Pyle was sent to the front lines to report from the sharp end of the stick.  He did that, in spades.  He was himself killed in combat in the Pacific.

His home in Indiana has been turned into a museum dedicated to this true American hero.  Bayou Renaissance Man has pointed out that even though this truly worthy cause only needs a few thousand dollars a year to operate, it's in financial trouble during these tight times. 

What I'm asking all of you  to do a couple of things:

  1. If you have it, please consider making a small donation to the Ernie Pyle Home in Dana, Indiana.  It won't take but a few dollars from each of us to make a big difference.
  2. Spread the word on this.  If you have a blog, write about it.  Send a letter to the editor of your local paper.  Journalists know who Ernie Pyle is, and if we get their attention, they might get the word of this outside of the blogosphere.
  3. Finally, if you're close to Dana, Indiana, please visit the Ernie Pyle Home.  The more visitors something like this gets, the easier it will be for them to apply for aid from private organizations that provide support to things such as this.

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