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Loutit District Library to host Gary Morrison as WWII news correspondent Ernie Pyle
Loutit District Library to host Gary Morrison as WWII news correspondent Ernie Pyle

GRAND HAVEN -- Gary Morrison will perform his one-man show, “Hi, I’m Ernie Pyle,” on Thursday, May 26 at 7:00 p.m. in Loutit District Library’s program rooms A and B.

Morrison takes Pyle’s most hard hitting, poignant, relevant, and comical dispatches and presents them in a way Pyle would have if he were alive today; up close and personal. He is not just reading Pyle’s dispatches, but relating them as if he is speaking to each audience member individually.

At the time of death on April 18, 1945, Pyle was the most widely read of all correspondents covering World War II. That is because he wrote about the war from the soldier’s perspective; outside, on the ground, and in the trenches alongside with them.

His columns appeared in over 380 daily and weekly newspapers, and in the Stars and Stripes, the serviceman’s newspaper. Whenever Pyle came across a group of soldiers, he always introduced himself by saying: “Hi, I’m Ernie Pyle.” That is how a lot of soldiers and sailors first met, in their words, “the little guy.” People back home awaited news from the battle zone as reported by Pyle because they knew they were getting the unvarnished truth about what it was like on the front. http://morrison-tg.com/Contact.htm

This LDL Memorial Day program is free. For more information, visit www.loutitlibrary.org or call 616-842-5560, ext. 214.

Loutit District Library is located at 407 Columbus Avenue in Grand Haven, Michigan. The library serves 35,510 residents of the City of Grand Haven, the City of Ferrysburg, Grand Haven Charter Township, Robinson Township and that part of Port Sheldon Township in the Grand Haven Area Public School District.