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Remembering Pearl Harbor

 

December 7th will mark the 76th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. This attack, was a surprise strike by the Imperial Japanese Navy against the United States naval base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Because of this attack, the United States entered into World War II. Here are a few facts.*

  • The Japanese attacked the United States without warning. The attack commenced at 7:55 A.M. on Sunday, December 7, 1941. The attack lasted 110 minutes, from 7:55 a.m. until 9:45 a.m.. The Japanese launched their airplanes in two waves, approximately 45 minutes apart.
  • The first wave of Japanese planes struck Pearl Harbor at 7:55 a.m. The second wave reached Pearl Harbor around 8:40 a.m. The Japanese traveled 3,400 miles across the Pacific to execute their attack on Pearl Harbor. The Japanese attack force stationed itself approximately 230 miles north of the Hawaiian island of Oahu.
  • The Japanese specifically chose to attack on a Sunday because they believed Americans would be more relaxed and thus less alert on a weekend. Many U.S. servicemen were either still in their pajamas or at breakfast when the attack on Pearl Harbor began. U.S. servicemen identified the invading planes as Japanese because of the “meatballs,” what they called the large, red circle (the Rising Sun) on the side of Japanese planes.
  • The Japanese only attacked the ships at Pearl Harbor Naval base and airplanes at Hickman Airfield, leaving surrounding areas such as repair facilities, the submarine base and fuel oil storages areas unharmed.. The Japanese struck the airfields at Hickam Field, Wheeler Field, Bellows Field, Ewa Field, Schoefield Barracks, and Kaneohe Naval Air Station.
  • The United States aircraft carriers, the primary target of the attack, were not at the base at the time. Because of this, the Japanese cancelled a planned second attack. There were eight battleships at Pearl Harbor that day, which included all the battleships of the U.S. Pacific fleet except for one (the Colorado). Seven of the U.S. battleships were lined up in “Battleship Row.” All eight U.S. battleships were either sunk or damaged during the attack. Amazingly, all but two (the Arizona and the Oklahoma) were eventually able to return to active duty.
  • Four of the American battleships stationed in “battleship row” were sunk. Another was capsized and a sixth run aground. The Arizona exploded when a bomb breached its forward magazine (i.e. the ammunition room). Approximately 1,100 U.S. servicemen died on board. After being torpedoed, the Oklahoma listed so badly that it turned upside down. During the attack, the Nevada left its berth in Battleship Row and tried to make it to the harbor entrance. After being repeatedly attacked, the Nevada beached itself.
  • To aid their airplanes, the Japanese sent in five midget subs to help target the battleships. The Americans sunk four of the midget subs and captured the fifth.
  • 11 other ships were sunk and 188 planes destroyed. 2,343 men were killed, 1,272 were wounded and 960 left missing. A total of 2,335 U.S. servicemen were killed and 1,143 were wounded. Sixty-eight civilians were also killed and 35 were wounded
  • The Japanese lost 65 men, an additional soldier was captured. Only 28 Japanese planes were shot down and 5 midget submarines sunk.
  • The United States declared war on Japan the next day as FDR gave his famous “Day of Infamy” speech to Congress. President FDR made a last minute edit to his speech, changing “a day that will live on in world history” to “a day that will live in infamy”
  • The U.S. declared war on Germany and Italy on December 11, after they declared war on the U.S. The United States declared war on Japan on December 8, 1941, the day following the attack on Pearl Harbor.
  • “Remember Pearl Harbor!” became a rallying cry for the U.S. during World War II.

*Source:  https://pearlharborwarbirds.com/interesting-pearl-harbor-facts/pearl harbor

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Herzing University Students at Copperfield Hill

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Herzing University students visit Copperfield Hill

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Occupational Therapy students from Herzing University have been visiting with residents and providing information on health and wellness.  Nutrition, fall prevention and recreation are just some of the topics they have discussed.   Nichole, Karissa and Steven had residents painting clear crystal Christmas ornaments.

On December 4th at 2 pm, Herzing Dental students will be here to give a presentation about oral health.

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With Gratitude on Veterans Day ~

vetsWhat is Veterans Day? Veterans Day is an official United States holiday. It is a day set aside to honor and thank all veterans for their military service. This honors all who served honorably in the military in wartime or peacetime.

The Department of Veterans Affairs goes on to state that Veterans Day “is largely intended to thank living veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served not only those who died, have sacrificed and done their duty.”

Veterans Day goes back nearly 100 years. Beginning with an armistice on November 11, 1918, between the Germans and the Allies during WW1. Thus, Armistice Day was born. President Woodrow Wilson commemorated November 11th as Armistice Day in 1919. In 1926 a resolution was passed by Congress that November 11th was to be remembered “…with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations.” Until 1978 Veterans Day was observed as the fourth Monday in October. President Gerald Ford signed a bill in 1975 which pushed Veterans Day back to November 11. The change took place in 1978.

Veterans Day is observed across the country with many different events. Special programs and honor ceremonies, parades, wreath laying ceremonies along with many private businesses offering special value promotions for veterans and their families.

Copperfield Hill wants to take the time to highlight a resident veteran. Wally served his country in World War II. Just 17 years old, Wally was a freshman in college in Missouri when the United States entered the Second World War. Listening to the calls of recruiters, Wally joined the Army. Wally left college and returned to Minnesota to enlist. He enlisted in Chaska, MN in 1942 and was sworn in at Ft. Snelling.

Wally was transferred and received his training at Camp Adair in northern Oregon. Wally says he feels very fortunate for his training. Having been trained with a unit of soldiers who then traveled to Europe together, the group welcomed their comradery and mutual concern for one another. Recalling plenty of people being sent to the war prematurely, Wally was grateful to have had the extensive group experience. He also felt fortunate to have grown up in the rural Midwest. He had grown up around guns, unlike many of the city kids who joined the Army. Wally recalls being 8 years old when he first had a gun. This early experience served Wally well, as he eventually found his place as a Gunnery Sargent.

Wally was a member for the 884 Field Artillery, 70th Infantry Division. When he arrived in Europe, he was dropped off in southern France. His division then headed north and met up to join General Patton and his 3rd Army. Wally remembers heading to the Siegfried Line on Germany’s western border and taking Saarbrucken.

Wally, thank you. We are grateful for all your service to our country.

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Walk to End Aalzheimer’s

alzalzwalkalz1 alz2 alz3It was a beautiful day in downtown Minneapolis.  Thousands joined in to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s Disease.   Thank you to all of the residents, staff, family members and neighbors who donated their time, talents and funds to make the 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s a success.  Our bus arrived early on September  9th down at Target Field.  The crowd listened to testimonials from caregivers, medical professionals, family members and dementia patients.   Through the generosity of all of you, we passed our goal or raising $2,500.  At Copperfield Hill, we look forward to the 2018 Walk.  Thank you for all your support.

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It’s Almost Here

state fair  It’s Almost Here!  In just a few weeks, the annual party known as, “The Great Minnesota Get Together”, will be here.  People from all over the Midwest will travel hundreds of miles, to have the opportunity to experience hundred of exhibits, entertainment options,  food tastings and much much more.  Here is a little history about the fair…

Minnesota State Fair History Facts
For over 150 years, the Minnesota State Fair has been an annual summer event for many.  Originally an agricultural event, the Fair’s main purpose was to encourage and promote farming in the state. It allowed local farmers to set up exhibits and show off their live stocks and crops. To this day, agriculture and animals are the main roots of the State Fair.

Many traditions have started at the fair through the years.  From agricultural and live stock competitions, to world famous entertainers, many come to the fair each year with their families.  Lines for the midway rides as well as some of the well known food booths, remind us that year after year, the fair provides fun for all.  Millions of people have visited to view the ribbon winners for pigs and chickens as well as bread and quilts.

Another long time tradition for Fair goers has been taking a ride on the Ye Old Mill.  Opening in 1915 and still operating today, making it the oldest amusement ride at the Fair. It is also known as the Tunnel of Love, since many fair goers shared their first kiss here or got engaged while on the ride. It is also a place to escape the heat on a hot fair day.

The Minnesota State Fair being as famous as it is has even pulled in some national icons. The State Fair has hosted 5 different presidents: Theodore Roosevelt, William Taft, Warren Harding, Calvin Coolidge, and Dwight Eisenhower. During Teddy Roosevelt’s stop at the State Fair he gave one of his most famous speeches: “Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick”.

In the 158 years since the state fair began, the state fair has only been missed 5 times! In 1861 and 1862 due to the Civil war, 1893 due to the World’s Fair in Chicago, 1945 due to World War 2, and 1946 during the polio epidemic.

There is no end of fun to be had at the State Fair.  The Fair will run this year from August 24 through September 4th.  More information can be found at mnstatefair.org.

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National Night Out – August 1, 2017

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National Night Out was celebrated with our neighbors here at Copperfield Hill.  We welcomed our friends with a wonderful night of Blue Grass music and ice cream cones.  The weather was perfect, the mood was light and fun and the sense of community tremendous.

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June is National Cataract Awareness Month*

 

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June is National Cataract Awareness Month *

 

Prevent Blindness America has declared June as Cataract Awareness Month. Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss in the US, and the leading cause of blindness around the world. There are 24 million Americans over the age of 40 who are affected by cataracts. Here are some common questions:
What are cataracts and what is the treatment? Cataracts are prevalent, treatment is simple. Cataracts are the clouding of the lens of the eye, which prevents passage of light into the eye. Cataract surgery is most often the answer. A surgeon removes the deteriorated lens and replaces it with an artificial lens called an intraocular lens. Millions of Americans undergo this surgery annually, making it one of the most common surgeries in the US. Usually a short procedure, many resume normal activities with in a fairly short period of time.
Is cataract removal safe? While there is always risk with a surgical procedure, cataract surgery is one of the safest and most effective with a success rate of over 90%.
Do cataracts only affect seniors? No, cataracts can affect anyone. Most people do not show symptoms until at least age 40. However, they can affect young adults and also children.
Can I prevent cataracts? There is no proven way to prevent age-related cataracts. However, choosing a healthy lifestyle can slow the progression. Some ways to delay the progression of cataracts include: avoiding smoking, reducing exposure to UV rays, eating a healthy diet and wearing proper eye protection to avoid eye injury.
*http://yoursightmatters.com/june-cataract-awareness-month/

 

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52nd Annual Diggers Flower Show Hosted by Copperfield Hill

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Copperfield Hill will again welcome the Robbinsdale Diggers for their 52nd Annual Flower Show in July.  The show will be held on all five floors of the Copperfield Hill Manor.  It will begin with entries being submitted on Thursday, July 6th from 2pm-7pm and Friday, July 7th from 7am-9:30am.  Entries are being taken at the Copperfield Hill, Manor Building Community Room, at 4200 40th Avenue North in Robbinsdale.

Viewing of the Flower Show will be Friday, July 7th from 2-7pm and on Saturday, July 8th from 9am-3pm.  This event is open and free to the public.

The Diggers are celebrating their 75th Anniversay this year.  Please join us for this wonderful exhibition.

 

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Happy Memorial Day

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History of Memorial Day

Each year on the final Monday in May the United States celebrates the federal holiday Memorial Day. Originally Memorial Day was known as Decoration Day, meant to honor the Union and the Confederate soldiers who died during the American Civil War. By the 1900s it had become a day to celebrate all American soldiers who died while serving in the military. It wasn’t until 1967 that it was legally named Memorial Day. It became a federal holiday in 1971.

 

Interesting Memorial Day Facts

· The true origins of who held the first Memorial Day celebration is a debated subject.

· Approximately 620,000 soldiers on both sides died during the Civil War.

· The Grand Army of the Republic was created by the Union Army to honor their dead. After World War I the American Legion took over their duties.

· Congress passed a law in 2000 that requires all Americans to stop what they are doing at 3pm on Memorial Day to remember and to honor those who have died serving the United States. President Clinton signed this action.

· The flag is supposed to be flown at half-mast until noon, and then raised to full mast until sunset on Memorial Day.

· The tradition of wearing red poppies on Memorial Day originated from John McCrae’s 1915 poem In Flanders Fields. In Canada they wear red poppies to honor their soldiers on Remembrance Day in November each year.

· Although not as popular today, one tradition was to eat a picnic meal while sitting on the ground of a cemetery. There are still some people in the rural areas of the South that continue to practice this tradition.

· It’s common for volunteers to place the American flag on graves in the national cemeteries. Memorial Day is also a popular day for people to visit cemeteries and honor those who have died while serving in the military.

· It’s estimated that approximately 32 million people travel by car over Memorial Day weekend.

· Memorial Day also marks the beginning of the summer vacation season while Labor Day marks the end.

· In some areas of the rural South, they hold annual Decoration Days around this time for certain cemeteries, often in the mountains.
· Memorial Day is sometimes confused with Veterans Day. However, Veterans Day honors all United States military veterans, while Memorial Day honors the soldiers who died while serving.

· In 1966, President Johnson named Waterloo, New York as the original place of Memorial Day.

· There were more American lives lost during the Civil War then the two World Wars combined. Approximately 620,000 died during the Civil War while approximately 116,516 died in World War I and approximately 405,399 died in World War II.

· There are more than 300,000 fallen soldiers buried at Arlington Cemetery. On average, there are 28 burials there each day.

· Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia celebrate Confederate Memorial Day. These are former Confederate states, and they celebrate on various other days ranging from January 19th to June 3rd.

· In 2012 there was a movie made called Memorial Day. John and James Cromwell and Jonathan Bennett starred in the film. The story revolves around a 13 year old boy who finds his grandpa’s footlocker from the 2nd World War.

http://www.softschools.com/facts/holidays/memorial_day_facts/158/

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