In this very special episode of "Talking Point" with Mayor Mike Wiza, the Mayor and guest Patty Dreier introduce the (Angovillle au Plain) Normandy Veterans Project Fund which runs until Pearl Harbor Day, Wednesday, December 7.
On D-Day, June 6, 1944, two American privates who were medics in the 101st Airborne Division, Kenneth J. Moore and Robert E. Wright, made their parachute landing in a field near Angoville, France. They came upon a 12th century church at a crossroads in the village and set up an aid station inside. Privates Wright and Moore gathered and treated American, German, and civilian casualties inside. Using the pews and altars as hospital beds, their job was to stop the bleeding and administer morphine.
Today, the village of only about 40 inhabitants is struggling to maintain and restore the church and keep up the monuments to these acts of courage.
County Executive Patty Dreier visited Angoville au Plain in 2016, and started an effort to help raise funds for this extraordinary memorial to our veterans who acted so bravely in their roles to liberate Europe.
Executive Dreier and Mayor Mike Wiza have set up a fund named Normandy Veterans Project fund at the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin, cfcwi.org.
They ask you to join them in giving to the fund between Veteran’s Day and Pearl Harbor Day, December 7. This is a small window of time for a big opportunity to link our two communities and help preserve this site.
After December 7, the funds will be sent to the Angoville au Plain village where Lord Mayor Hamchin will receive them and ensure they are used to help restore the medieval church where 80 combatants and a local child were cared for on and after D-Day.
The newest episode of "Talking Point" presents more information about the church, the story of its role on D-Day, and how this fundraising project got started
Talking Point can be seen on Community TV, channel 984 on Charter Communications, and heard on WSNP-LP, 105.9 FM radio, at the following times:
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The program can also be seen on the City's website in the Video Archives and on the City's YouTube channel.