World War 2 http://wuis.org en Local WWII Vets Honored At D-Day Memorial http://wuis.org/post/local-wwii-vets-honored-d-day-memorial <p>It's been 70 years since allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy in one of the turning points of World War Two. A memorial service in Springfield Friday told stories of the young men on the front lines.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The young men of 1944 are old men now. But they still remember.</span></p><p>Springfield resident Jim Hofstetter was 18 on D-Day, the day he enlisted. He knew it was the height of the war, but he also knew he had a job to do for his country.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 19:24:40 +0000 Hannah Meisel 27024 at http://wuis.org Local WWII Vets Honored At D-Day Memorial Holocaust Survivor Tells Of Shanghai Ghetto http://wuis.org/post/holocaust-survivor-tells-shanghai-ghetto <p>Illinois officials are remembering the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust. An annual ceremony took place Thursday in Springfield's Old State Capitol.</p><p><em>Praying: "Y'hey sh'lama raba min sh'ma-ya ..."</em></p><p>The ceremony included the <a href="http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Judaism/kaddish.html">Kaddish</a> — a Jewish prayer of mourning. Gov. Pat Quinn and other officials spoke. Then a survivor shared her story.</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 11:00:50 +0000 Brian Mackey 24245 at http://wuis.org Holocaust Survivor Tells Of Shanghai Ghetto Springfield Vet Honored for World War 2 Service In Segregated Unit http://wuis.org/post/springfield-vet-honored-world-war-2-service-segregated-unit <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin was in Springfield Tuesday, presiding over a ceremony to honor a World War II veteran.</span></p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Brian Mackey 5159 at http://wuis.org Springfield Vet Honored for World War 2 Service In Segregated Unit