Sent to us by Bob in Wisconsin.
I just got back from a trip the USS Liberty Memorial Library in Grafton, Wisconsin.
To my dismay It has been confirmed thru the head librarian’s actual schedule book, that there is absolutely nothing planned for June 8th 2017 other than a book Discussion. (confirmed by the Library Director himself.)
The book: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. The librarian pointed me to the Director.
I then voiced my concerns the Library Director, John. He said he would have a table set up for me to put any USS Liberty reading materials on, for people to take.
He also said he would call a Grafton City council member he knew. I gave him my callback number. He said he’d see if there could be something done, on this very important occasion.
At first he, John, acted like he was surprised at my question, but the two librarians knew, before I finished my question, minutes earlier in the main library room. I.E. (“you mean the 50th anniversary?”)
I would bet money that the plan was to completely ignore the date. My question went like this.
“John, I’m a bit confused. in 1989 sixty surviving USS Liberty veterans chose to come to this very spot, I assume from all over the United States, for the dedication of this building as the “USS Liberty Memorial Library” and with the 50th anniversary coming up on June 8th,
Nothing is planned but a book review? I see a problem with that, don’t you? He replied that the 50th is an important milestone. I said yes, I think so too.
I intend to see some sort proper remembrance takes place.
I was so pissed when I got home I told my daughter that I should find the nearest Milwaukee biker bar and go in and “Hey guys I came here because I see you guys all the time riding around with the POW and American flags waving from your bikes. How many of you know about the USS Liberty? OH, that many hmmm…. What if I told you that:
in 1989 sixty surviving USS Liberty veterans chose to come from all over the country to Grafton, you know where Grafton is? yeah about 30 miles north, I thought so, well anyway, they came here to dedicate the “USS Liberty Memorial Library” in Grafton.
You might be surprised to hear that with the 50th anniversary of the USS Liberty Incident where 34 Americans died and 171 were injured, coming up on June 8th, Nothing is planned at the library but a book review of “The underground railroad” I see a problem with that , don’t you? Ill be there June 8th…You?
I did follow the director into an adjacent room and confirmed that that room is to be where the book review will be taking place on June 8. In that room was a memorial to the Liberty.
Here are the photos and one video I took. (I got to ring one of the ships bells)
The library’s own story off their site.
In 1955, a commission was formed from Grafton-area organizations to plan the founding of a community library. The organizations included churches, a women’s group, the Lion’s Club, and more. A book drive was held in October of 1955 which netted over 2,500 books for the library. A space in the “moving picture theater” was located to house the new collection. In April of 1956, the first Grafton Public Library opened. By the early 1980s, talk began of finding a new home for the library because it was outgrowing the theater space. As part of the fundraising for the new library, a committee was formed to create a fundraising action plan. The committee came up with different levels of giving that corresponded with naming rights. The highest donor would gain rights to naming the building. In December of 1987, after giving a donation of $250,000 dollars, brothers Benjamin and Theodore Grob were granted the right to name the library. They chose to name the library after a ship – the U.S.S. Liberty – to serve as a memorial. The U.S.S. Liberty was a United States technical Navy ship that was attacked by the Israeli Navy on June 8, 1967, in international waters off the Sinai Peninsula. The dedication ceremony in June 1989 was attended by sixty survivors of the U.S.S. Liberty. Although the new library offered a larger space for the Grafton Library, by 1995 it was decided that the Youth Library needed its own separate area. A fund drive was held to renovate the unfinished basement into a Youth Library. The downstairs Youth Library opened in November of 2000. Today, the U.S.S. Liberty Memorial Public Library continues to successfully serve the ever-expanding community of Grafton, Wisconsin.
The following file is an excerpt from a Rense interview with a liberty Survivor and an interested party.