- Associated Press - Monday, August 22, 2016

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) - A foundation honoring the legacy of war-reporting legend Ernie Pyle is working to establish a national holiday in remembrance of the Dana native.

The Ernie Pyle Legacy Foundation, which is made up of Pyle’s descendants, is planning a celebration at the New Mexico Veterans’ Memorial in Albuquerque on Aug. 3, 2017, the 117th anniversary of Pyle’s birth, the Tribune Star (https://bit.ly/2bYQZXx ) reported.

Pyle’s birthday is a holiday in New Mexico, where he lived before heading out to the trenches in World War II.

Foundation board member Jerry Maschino said that after the celebration, the nonprofit will lobby lawmakers for a proclamation declaring the holiday nationwide.

“Ernie’s true legacy is journalism,” said Jerry Maschino, whose wife is Pyle’s first cousin once removed.

Friends of Ernie Pyle board president Cynthia Myers says members will discuss ways to help the foundation spread the word. The nonprofit organization runs the Ernie Pyle World War II Museum in Dana.

“There are so many people who have no clue who Ernie Pyle even is,” she said.

The foundation is setting up a scholarship in Pyle’s honor at the University of New Mexico and wants to establish journalism awards at the collegiate level.

“We must focus on younger people if we want his legacy to continue,” Maschino said.


Information from: Tribune-Star, https://www.tribstar.com

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