IMAX Guests Raise $5,000 For National Medal Of Honor Museum

Friday, June 13, 2014
Pictured from left to right are Charlie Arant, Tennessee Aquarium president and CEO, Jim Wade, National Medal of Honor Museum of Military History executive director, Dan Saieed, National Medal of Honor Museum Board Chairman.
Pictured from left to right are Charlie Arant, Tennessee Aquarium president and CEO, Jim Wade, National Medal of Honor Museum of Military History executive director, Dan Saieed, National Medal of Honor Museum Board Chairman.

There were many handshakes and heartfelt expressions of thanks one week ago as guests greeted the World War II veterans who came to the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater to commemorate the 70thAnniversary of D-Day. 

Some were among the invasion forces who landed on the beaches of Normandy, others shared their stories of service in other parts of Europe, Africa or the remote islands of the South Pacific. One veteran even recounted his time on submarine duty patrolling underwater virtually from Pole to Pole. 

In recognition of their sacrifice, the Aquarium partnered with the National Medal of Honor Museum of Military History to present special screenings of D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944. The proceeds from the two D-Day Anniversary screenings brought in $5,000 to benefit the Museum’s campaign to build a permanent home in Chattanooga. “We were honored to have so many veterans at IMAX with so many guests joining them to pay tribute to their service,” said Charlie Arant, the Aquarium’s president and CEO. “Hopefully this showing of support inspires others to contribute to the Museum’s mission.” 

Due to strong community interest, additional screenings of the film have been added to the Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater schedule.D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944 will be shown at 6 p.m. daily through the 4th of July weekend. 

Narrated by NBC’s Tom Brokaw, the film blends archival footage with computer generated imagery to recount the monumental events before, during and after the Normandy invasion. “The film does a fantastic job of reminding us of what was at stake prior to D-Day and the incredible, coordinated effort it took to turn the tide of World War II,” said Jim Wade, executive director of the Medal of Honor Museum. “And, the movie reminds us all why World War II veterans are considered by many the Greatest Generation.”

 


Chattanooga Fire Department Stations Host Halloween Open Houses

There were some early visitors to the Chattanooga Fire Department’s Halloween Open House Friday afternoon. Ashley Kuehn brought her two kids, dressed in Halloween costumes that had a definite firefighter theme. Daughter Crimson wore a Dalmatian costume while Stetson wore custom-made firefighter turnout gear. The department’s Halloween Open House is officially from 6-8 p.m. on ... (click for more)

Bradley County Mobile Command Post To Be At Downtown Block Party In Cleveland

The Bradley County Mobile Command Post will be at Friday night’s Downtown Block Party in Cleveland. The first 3,000 children to stop by the Command Post, at the northwest corner of the courthouse, will receive a Bradley County Sheriff’s Office re-usable treat bag…filled with candy. Sheriff Watson invites one and all to visit.   (click for more)

Chickamauga Lock To Reopen As Soon As Next Thursday

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District  plans to reopen Chickamauga Lock to all navigation traffic as early as next Thursday. An inspection of the upper gate anchorage and a repair plan were completed today. Chickamauga Lock closed on Monday after a routine inspection revealed a crack in the anchorage of the upper gate. Lt. Col. John Hudson, commander ... (click for more)

Downtown Chattanooga Apartment Complex That Brought $3 Million Profit Exempt From Most Taxes Until 2022 Under PILOT

A downtown Chattanooga apartment complex that recently was sold at a $3 million profit is exempt from most property taxes through 2022 under a PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) agreement.   No payment of school taxes was included in the deal for Walnut Commons at Walnut Street and Aquarium Way.   The only taxes due on the property for the next eight ... (click for more)

A Vote For Education Is Critical In Tennessee

In a state where just 28 percent of eighth graders are proficient in math and 33 percent are proficient in reading according to national assessments, education is deserving of more attention in 2014 elections. Across the country, more parents are making informed decisions about their child’s education, but for Volunteer State parents without resources, choices are difficult to come ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Saban: ‘Ratings Don’t Matter’

When the first College Football Playoff rankings were released earlier this week, Alabama football coach Nick Saban got it right on the button when he shrugged, “I don't even care, to be honest with you." "To me, none of it matters, What does it matter?” he laughed at the Tide’s No. 6 ranking. “I mean, it only matters where you end up at the end. So what matters to us is how ... (click for more)