|The pictured group of photos to the right is displayed in the World War II section, and includes pictures and documents from the Second World War, including historic performances and Al Jolson with General Patton, as well as Jolson's wartime ID card.|
|To the left is the grouping displayed in the Korean War section. It includes a photo of Al Jolson with General "Johnny" Walker, as well as other significant Korean images. It also includes the text and letter awarding the Medal of Merit to Al Jolson, which was given posthumously, his having died just a few weeks after returning from entertaining troups in Korea.|
Pictured are IAJS Publicity Director David Miller and Conservator/Curator Jacque Schindewolf of the Patton Museum standing next to the World War II Jolson Photo Display.
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The first presentation was the Founder's Award given to Riverside County Supervisor John Benoit.
The second presentation was the General Patton Award to The International At Jolson Society presented to David Miller by Margit Chiriaco Rusche, co-founder. The final award to the IAJS was the Certificate Of Recognition given by Brian Nestande, Assemblyman 64th District. After receiving these beautiful awards, David Miller, Publicity Director of the IAJS, gave a detailed speech on Al Jolson and his love of his adopted country and his many accomplishments and devotion to the men and woman who tight for our freedom.
Mr. Richard Halpern took the audience back to the 1940s with several Jolson songs and closed with "You're Grand Old Flag." He had people singing with him and the crowd loved it.
This first day cover, issued for the event, will be available at the 2013 Jolson Festival
After the ceremony there was a World War II re-enactment of battle in the tank yard, and with the museum open to the public, people were able to view all it has to offer. Special attention was brought to the two groupings of pictures during WWII and Korea of Al Jolson entertaining the troops that were presented to the museum in 2010 by the IAJS.
This was a wonderful Veterans Day with several hundred people learning just
a little more about Al Jolson and his devotion to his country and to the many
men and woman that help keep this country the land of the free. Many people
went away from the ceremony understanding why, 62 years after his death, there
was a Society that continues to keep Al Jolson's name alive.