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National cartoonist Dave Granlund's blog features his take on politics and current events -- in cartoon form
From Bravery to Patriotism: A retrspective of the Wall that Heals
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By Dave Granlund
National cartoonist Dave Granlund's blog features his take on politics and current events. Dave has been an editorial cartoonist published in daily newspapers since 1977. Born in Ware, Mass., Granlund began drawing cartoons in grade school and at ...
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Dave Granlund's Editorial Cartoons
National cartoonist Dave Granlund's blog features his take on politics and current events. Dave has been an editorial cartoonist published in daily newspapers since 1977. Born in Ware, Mass., Granlund began drawing cartoons in grade school and at age 16, he was published on the editorial pages of local weekly newspapers. His eight-year enlistment in the USAF included assignments with SAC HQ and with Headquarters Command, where his duties included work as head illustrator for the Presidential Inaugural Subcommittee and providing briefing charts for the White House and support for Air Force One. As part of NATO in Operation Looking Glass with the Airborne Command Post, he was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal. Dave's newspaper honors include awards from UPI, New England Press Association, International Association of Business Communicators, The Associated Press and Massachusetts Press Association. His work has been nominated numerous times for the Pulitzer Prize. His pastimes and interests include history, wood carving, antique tractors and Swedish language studies.
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By Larry Stimeling
Oct. 2, 2012 10:06 a.m.

I'm baaaaaaack



It has been a while since I have posted a blog entry. There are several reasons for this.

1. I have been very busy with The Wall That Heals and other veteran events

2. The new design of the Times website

3 Family obligations

No matter what the reasons I am happy to say that I am back.





THE WALL THAT HEALS IN RETROSPECT

The display of the Wall That Heals during the Pumpkin Festival was a huge success. My thanks to the sponsors, the volunteers, The Morton Public Library, The Chamber of Commerce, The businesses that supplied needed goods and services and the people of Morton.

During the closing ceremony I had one of the guests who had an exhibit tell me that he loves Morton and will come back whenever I ask.

The Driver of the semi that hauls the wall told me that He has been to 78 displays and this was the best site he has ever been to. "This was a large city production in a small town atmosphere."

While you might think I am patting myself on the back, I am actually paying compliment to the city I call home. I did very little to make this event happen. I made a few phone calls to set things in motion and everything fell into place.

We had over 8,000 visitors and nearly 800 students at the wall in a four day run. For a town of less than 17,000 that is pretty good.

In comparison, I was in Springfield in May for a Friday and Saturday while the wall was hosted by a state headquarters of a Veteran Organization on that Friday there was only one school class of 39 students and less that 100 other visitors. On Saturday there were no students and less than 250 visitors. The week before our event in Morton, A similar wall was in Delavan on the high school grounds. I went during school hours and only saw 6 kids visit the wall. I would think that the school would have all its students there (perhaps they did I was only there one afternoon). This past weekend I was in Wheaton Illinois at the home of the First Infantry Division Museum. Again I was there Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I was told that Friday was busier than Thursday. Friday had 29 students. The final count for the Wheaton display was 3000 visitors.Wheaton is triple the size of Morton, yet only 37.5% the number of visitors.

With these numbers in mind, I want to thank all those who came to the Wall That Heals at the Morton Library during the Morton Pumpkin Festival 2012. Peace love and pumpkins...... but remember not everyone wore love beads in the 60s and 70s; some of us wore dog tags!!!

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