January 13, 2020
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Governor Ricketts Proclaims 2020 One Book One Nebraska: All the Gallant Men
On Jan. 13, 2020 Governor Pete Ricketts signed a proclamation honoring 2020
One Book One Nebraska: All the Gallant Men: An American Sailor’s Firsthand
Account of Pearl Harbor (William Morrow,
2016) by Donald Stratton with Ken Gire. Rebecca Faber, Nebraska Center
for the Book (NCB) Board member presented the governor with a copy of the book.
All the Gallant Men is the first memoir by a USS
Arizona survivor. Born in Inavale,
Nebraska and raised in Red Cloud, Donald Stratton joined the Navy in 1940 at
the age of eighteen. On December 7, 1941 he was a Seaman First Class on the USS
Arizona. Stratton’s account of the
Pearl Harbor attack is seventy-five years in the making, as he finally shares
his personal tale at the age of ninety-four. His story is one of survival and
determination as he recovered from the severe injuries he sustained in the
attack, and ultimately re-enlisted to fight again.
The One Book One Nebraska reading program, sponsored by the Nebraska Center
for the Book, Nebraska Library Commission, and Humanities Nebraska is entering
its sixteenth year. It encourages Nebraskans across the state to read and
discuss one book, chosen from books written by Nebraska authors or that have a
Nebraska theme or setting. Libraries across Nebraska will join other literary
and cultural organizations in planning book discussions, activities, and events
to encourage Nebraskans to read and discuss this book. Support materials to
assist with local reading/discussion activities are available at http://onebook.nebraska.gov.
Updates and activity listings will be posted there and on http://www.facebook.com/onebookonenebraska.
The Nebraska Center for the Book is housed at the Nebraska Library Commission and brings together the state’s readers, writers, booksellers, librarians, publishers, printers, educators, and scholars to build the community of the book, supporting programs to celebrate and stimulate public interest in books, reading, and the written word. The Nebraska Center for the Book is supported by the Nebraska Library Commission. As Nebraska’s state library agency, the Nebraska Library Commission is an advocate for the library and information needs of all Nebraskans. The mission of the Library Commission is statewide promotion, development, and coordination of library and information services-“bringing together people and information.”
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