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One-Man Show Set in WWII Coming to Washington Tomorrow

Posted: Wednesday, November 7th, 2018 at 6:25 am
Author: Sally Y. Hart - KCII News

Three days ahead of Veterans Day a one-man show about a WWII American officer will be presented in Washington. The Accidental Hero is co-sponsored by the American Legion Post 29 in commemoration of Veterans Day. Millie Youngquist explains the one-man show created by Patrick Dewane tells the stories of his grandfather in WWII, “He grew up in Wisconsin speaking Czech. His grandparents were from Czechoslovakia. He was then in World War II and fought in several battles. And was chosen because of his ability to speak Czech to go in and liberate Czechoslovakia from the Nazi occupation in 1945, I believe. And as he was doing this he realized he was liberating the very towns his grandparents were from because he could speak the language, he knew the names, they knew his name, and so it was kind of an awakening for him.” His grandfather, upon returning home wrote some of these stories down but didn’t talk about them; then after his death his grandchildren found the writings and learned the stories.

Washington High School students will be seeing the show during the school day Thursday. Washington Middle School students are performing along with Just Us Girls during the evening program with songs to celebrate local veterans. Mike York with the American Legion says it’s important for younger generations to hear these stories, “I think it’s important because they need to know the stories of those who have served in whatever armed force. Sometimes they’re good stories and sometimes they’re not. I’ve heard a lot of stories from some of our World War II vets at the American Legion and some are very uplifting and some are really heart-wrenching what they’ve gone through. And I think that not only students but everybody needs to appreciate what these folks have gone through for our freedom.”

The Accidental Hero begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Washington Area Performing Arts and Events Center, tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Veterans will be admitted free of charge and will receive two tickets, thanks in part to a grant from the Washington County Riverboat Foundation.