2017-06-14 / Opinion

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Polar Bear exhibit attracts nearly 200

Dear Editor:

The Sanilac County Historical Society opened its WW I Polar Bear Expedition Exhibit on June 4, with local families representing their relatives who served in the W.W.I Battalion, 339th U.S. Infantry Regiment and who were sent to North Russia. We had almost 200 interested individuals attend the lecture put on by Mike Grobbel, president of “Detroit’s Own” Polar Bear Memorial Association.

I wanted to thank the local media for its coverage, the Polar Bear Committee who spent endless hours putting the exhibit together, Sanilac County families who shared and donated memorabilia and pictures of the veterans, and numerous volunteers who gave their time and talents to make this such a special event.

The exhibit will continue to run through the summer and can be viewed as part of the Sanilac County Historic Village and Museum tours at noon and 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. There is an $8 adult charge for the Museum tour, with children under 12 free with a paid adult admission.


Lucille (Erbe) West and Carol Ann (Erbe) Sheridan-Ganley, the daughter and niece of Frank Erbe, pose with the uniform he wore as a member of the Polar Bear expedition into northern Russia at the end of World War I. About 200 friends, family and history enthusiasts were on hand June 4 for the opening of the Polar Bear exhibit in the Sanilac Historical Museum. Lucille (Erbe) West and Carol Ann (Erbe) Sheridan-Ganley, the daughter and niece of Frank Erbe, pose with the uniform he wore as a member of the Polar Bear expedition into northern Russia at the end of World War I. About 200 friends, family and history enthusiasts were on hand June 4 for the opening of the Polar Bear exhibit in the Sanilac Historical Museum. Again, let me personally thank those who came, participated and supported in honoring the over 100 Sanilac County Polar Bears who served after The Great War.

Shirley Schmidt, Secretary
Sanilac County Historical Society

The Moving Wall helped all

Dear Editor:

The Moving Wall (Vietnam Veterans Memorial) was more than a thank you and an honor to Vietnam Veterans.

It gave those attending the opportunity to pay tribute to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, in their own special way. Many who came were struck by the enormity of what it stood for. They didn’t realize so many Americans were lost during the war. They were also eager to learn how the wall came to be, both national and the moving replica. As well as how the casualties were listed. Of the many things unknown to them was the fact that one of those lost from Sanilac County was a Medal of Honor recipient etc. Their expressions of compassion were profound.

Of course this tribute to honor Vietnam Veterans and the opportunity for the public to view it, take it in, and express their feelings in whatever way they could, would not have been possible without the commitment, dedication and hard work of the Sandusky High School students with the leadership of teacher George Lasecki. These students exhibited truly the best of the best. There are many Vietnam Veterans who will be forever thankful of their effort to bring the wall, which held the names of many of their comrades, to them.

Thank you again to every student who was involved. You are truly a blessing to us all.

Roger Bobby, U S Navy 1967-
1971
Port Sanilac

PS: We also owe a deep gratitude to all who so generously contributed to make The Moving Wall visit to Sandusky possible.

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