Frazier History Museum

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The Frazier History Museum and Kentucky Opera present:
Welcoming Our Heroes Home: Bridging the Divide

Tuesday October 1st, 2019, 5 - 8 PM

5:00 PM – Informational resources for Veterans
6 to 8 PM – Interactive panel discussion and performances

Join us for this evening of discussion with local veterans sharing their personal experiences. Featuring the following Panelists and Special Invited Guests:

Special Invited Guests:
Betty Stone, Spouse of Battery C Veteran Skippy Stone
Jeff Thoke, Chairman, Honor Flight Bluegrass
Lindsay Gargotto, USAF Veteran & Founder, Athena’s Sisters

Artillerymen Don Parrish & Tom Raisor, Veterans, Battery C
Carolyn Furdek, Veteran and Author, Locked-in (2017)
Jeremy Harrell, Founder & Chairman, Veteran’s Club
Heather French Henry, Veterans’ Advocate
John Miles III, Veteran Coordinator, Office for Veterans, Louisville Metro
Joseph Mechavich, Opera Conductor and Artistic Advisor, Kentucky Opera

An evening of conversation, camaraderie, and live performances exploring the journeys of local combat veterans, their families, and a community that welcomes them home. This discussion is inspired by Kentucky Opera’s upcoming performances of Glory Denied, based on the story of Colonel James Thompson, America’s longest-held surviving prisoner of war. Upon returning home from Vietnam nine years after his capture, Thompson was greeted only by his wife, Alyce. Neglected by his country and forgotten by his young children, Jim and his painful reunion with Alyce are the subjects of Glory Denied, an achingly beautiful story of life in the aftermath of war.

Free admission and pizza courtesy of Papa John’s Veteran Employee Resource Group.

Glory Denied by Tom Cipullo is at the Brown Theatre, November 8 at 8 pm and November 10 at 2 pm. For more information, visit KYOPERA.ORG.


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