This month’s cover was done by Jon Van Zyle.
I asked him if he would consider creating something for us, because I just couldn’t think of a way a photograph could capture what I was looking for this month. He did an amazing job of capturing the before, during and after of military service, and the impact of serving on family and friends. Thank you, Jon, for so easily accepting the challenge, and for creating something so beautiful.
November 11th is Veteran’s Day, and this issue is packed with stories of our veterans, service members, family members, and those who support them. It’s my favorite issue of the ECHO so far. Thank you to all out new and old contributors for everything they shared.
HistoricLee writes about Armistice Day, the day the treaty that ended World War I was signed. November 11, 2018 marks the 100 year anniversary of the end of the Great War. George Darrow, who happens to be a great speaker on WWI, shares with us his life story, I’m a Brat. You can look for George’s WWI talk on the Alaska Veterans Museum (AVM) Facebook page.
We have so many great stories, it’s hard to say which is the feature! Daniel Shepard brings us A Day in the Life of April Getty and Midnight Sun Service Dogs. April is passionate about what she does; her own past experiences drive her to provide peace and comfort for others.
Another special story we have is about Percy Blatchford. My introduction to Percy was through Kelly Turney at Alaska Picker in Palmer. Kelly had two trunks full of Percy’s personal effects and he wanted to donate them to the AVM. I was absolutely giddy. Since then, other items have been donated to his collection, including two of his rifles; one of them pictured in the photo on page 11. When Mr. Hankins let me know he was writing about Percy, I was very hopeful that I would have the opportunity to print his story in the ECHO. Thank you Mr. Hankins and Last Frontier Magazine for sharing!
The story of the Iron Cross just has to be read to be believed. It’s on page 14. You won’t be sorry.
Donn Liston has a new puppy to write about, so he shares the stories of old dogs and new.
We have stories about organizations who are working hard to preserve military history and stories that honor and remember those who have passed, and military transitions, and resources, and what it’s like to come and go.
Lastly, Frank Baker finally has a photo on glossy paper. A full spread – on glossy paper. Did you notice something about the ECHO this month? Lots of glossy white pages? No newsprint? We can’t promise this will last forever, but it’s a beautiful thing at the moment. Everyone’s photos look terrific, and the ads really do too.
NEWS ON THE NEWS FRONT
Well, it’s that time in the letter when I let you know what’s new.
Anyone who has been to or called our office in the past two months, has undoubtedly noticed that I was going slightly insane. Managing Eagle River Printing and the ECHO is one too many things for one person to do.
I love, love, love being the Editor of the ECHO. But, loving it doesn’t make it doable.
So, the ECHO has a brand-spankin’ new Editor, and she is ready for the challenge. You can look forward to hearing from her next month, right here.
In the meantime, you can reach her, Elizabeth Pearch the new editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for reading, we really appreciate that you do.