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Danell Haspel: Saluting veterans at the DL Library

Why do we celebrate Veterans Day on Nov. 11?

The date was chosen, because the Germans surrendered at 11 o’clock on the 11th day of the eleventh month, ending World War I in 1918. 

The reason we celebrate is to honor veterans, especially those that paid the ultimate price for our freedom. Your library has many popular works of nonfiction on America’s conflicts such as “Unbroken,” “Band of Brothers,” and those highlighted below.

The staff at Detroit Lakes Library would like to salute our veterans!

“The Pointblank Direc-tive: Three Generals and the Untold Story of the Daring Plan that Saved D-Day,” by L. Douglas Keeney.

Where was the Luftwaffe on D-Day? Historians have debated that question for six decades, but in 2010 a formerly classified World War II D-Day history was restored, and in it were a new set of answers.

“Pointblank” is the result of extensive new research using that newly restored history to create a richly textured portrait of air power and leadership, and perhaps the last untold story of D-Day: Three uniquely talented men and why, on the single most important day to the survival of the Third Reich, the German Air Force was unable to mount a single effective combat mission against the invasion forces.

“The Oranges are Sweet,” by Paul M. Sailer.

In “The Oranges are Sweet,” author Paul Sailer follows Major Don M. Beerhower from his upbringing in a small town in Minnesota to his last combat mission on Aug. 9, 1944.

In this well-researched book about Beerbower and colleagues like Regis, the author takes us back to the great air battles over Nazi Germany, when the fate of western civilization hung in the balance between victory and defeat.

Library happenings

  • Monday, Nov. 11: The library will be closed in observance of Veterans Day.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 12: i-Pad Class on e-Audiobooks, 3 p.m. Join us to learn the basics.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 13: An Evening With William Kent Krueger, 7 p.m. Join us for a delightful evening with mystery writer William Kent Krueger. He is best known for his Cork O’Connor series of books, which is set mainly in Minnesota. This is a free event and is part of the library’s centennial celebration.