Posted at the reqest of Bill Alli, ATVA -
The American and Turkish Veterans Association has published a 2006 calendar and wants help in publicizing it. Below is a promotional blurb which we hope you will pass on to others. I can be reached at the locations indicated at the end. Many thanks, Bill Alli
New Calendar - An Excursion into American and Turkish History
The American and Turkish Veterans Association (ATVA) has issued a "history reference" wall calendar for 2006. On its cover is a photo of the only U.S. Government war monument that has engraved in granite the names of the United States and Turkey - The Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington DC. That photo was taken by a U.S. Marine officer - the grandson of a Turkish immigrant - and printed on 75 million U.S. postage stamps in 2003. America's and Turkey's flags are shown on the cover, beside those of the other U.N. allies.
The wall calendar is ATVA's way of telling the history of the American and Turkish peoples. While giving military and security topics their due, the calendar deals with a wide variety of cultural and political subjects. It uses colorful graphics and cogent narratives in 8.5" by 11" monthly theme pages and sprinkles snippets of history, from 1095 to 2005, throughout the date-grids below (also 8.5" by 11"). High quality laser paper is used.
The themes start with January's quotations from the wit and wisdom of Mark Twain, juxtaposed with stories from Nasrettin Hoca. The themes end with December's "Poets for the Spirit" - describing the American Transcendentalists, Emerson and Thoreau, alongside the Sufi philosophers - Rumi and Yunus Emre; each person shown in a portrait, together with samples of their writings.
George Washington and Kemal Atatürk - as fathers of their countries - are respectfully included in February's theme of "From Soldier to President."
Other monthly themes are:
- Language Reform (Noah Webster and Atatürk),
- Education (Middle East Technical University and the Fulbright Program),
- Refuge for European Jews (1492 Ottoman Empire; 1930s Turkish Republic),
- Women's Right to Vote struggles,
- The Grey Wolf (as legend in Turkish history and U.S.-protected wildlife creature),
- Armed Forces Academies,
- Government Edifices (legislative and executive),
- Afghanistan (ISAF and Operation Enduring Freedom),
- US Veterans (photos of individuals at the heart of our security relations with Turkey).
The calendar is available for only $9.95, plus $1.95 shipping & handling. Discounts are offered for orders of multiple copies.
ATVA, P.O. Box 1147, Bowie MD 20718-1147. Email: billalli at comcast.net Tel. 301-464-5664.
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