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PHM Veteran's Day programs

Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 6:30 p.m.  the P-H-M DVT will show “D-DAY: NORMANDY 1944,” narrated by Tom Brokaw.  


Tickets for Veterans are FREE! Adults $4, Senior Citizens $3, Students/children $2


P-H-M’s DVT& Planetarium is located within Bittersweet Elementary (55860 Bittersweet Road, Mishawaka, IN 46545). Click here for a full list of weekly shows.

The documentary D-DAY: NORMANDY 1944” is about the largest Allied operation of World War II began in Normandy, France. Yet, few people know in detail exactly why and how (from the end of 1943 through August 1944) this region became the most important location in the world. Blending multiple cinematographic techniques, including animation, CGI and stunning live-action images, "D-Day" brings this monumental event to large screen of P-H-M’s DVT. Audiences of all ages, will discover from a new perspective how this landing changed the world. Exploring history, military strategy, science, technology and human values, the film will educate and appeal to all.


The significance of Veteran’s Day will be a focus in all of P-H-M’s 15 schools on this Friday, Nov. 11.  Two of P-H-M’s middle schools, Schmucker and Grissom, will hold their annual student’s Veteran’s Day programs.


Grissom students invited Former Governor of Indiana and Purple Heart Awardee Joe Kernan to speak at their annual Veteran’s Day program. Kernan joined the United States Navy in 1969 and served as a Naval Flight Officer aboard the carrier USS Kitty Hawk.  In February 1972, he was shot down by enemy forces while on a reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam and was taken as a Prisoner of War on May 7, 1972. He was held as a prisoner of war for 11 months. Kernan was repatriated in 1973 and continued on active duty with the Navy until December 1974. Kernan received the Distinguished Flying Cross, two Purple Hearts and the Navy Commendation Medal. A University of Notre Dame alum, Kernan was elected as Mayor of South Bend in 1987, 1991, and 1995. In 1996, Kernan was elected as Indiana's Lieutenant Governor, and then re-elected in 2000 with Frank O'Bannon as Governor. Kernan became Governor in 2003 after O'Bannon died in office. He finished out the remainder of the term through 2005.


At Schmucker, members of the eighth grade class plan the program for the rest of their class. Retired U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Richard Cardossa will speak to the students. Cardosa served in the Infantry (Brigade and Parachute), Special Forces, Aviation Brigade and the Airborne Division in various locations including Panama and Fort Hood, Texas. The decorated veteran has won numerous medals and commendations, including the National Defense Medal and Army Commendation Medal (twice).