Pat Shingleton: "Vereran's Day and Sverre's Contribution"
From church services to additional recognitions, examples of veterans that have served, died, sacrificed and embraced their duty for our country will be noted today. The world war II Museum in New Orleans will champion the tributes and salutes this weekend. Veteran's Day is celebrated on the same day as the signing of the Armistice, ending World War I at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. In his autobiography, Sverre Pettersen shares his memories of childhood storms in northern Norway through World War II to the University of Chicago. The centerpiece of his book is the Allied invasion of France in June 1944. In the planning stages, Pettersen was head of the British Met Office's Upper Air Branch. In addition to the British Navy and the U.S. Air Weather Service, these three agencies reported to a chief advisor, J.M. Stagg, who was not a forecaster. Petteresen championed the effort, against monumental opposition, to postpone the invasion until June 6. His forecast averted a potential disaster caused by landing in high winds and waves. The gale-force winds on June 5 subsided enough to allow the landing to take place. Additional accounts in his book, "Weathering the Storm," including rumors that the Army Air Corps' team saved the day and the British forecasters failed. There's more interesting accounts in his book, "Weathering the Storm," including rumors that the Army Air Corps' team saved the day and the British forecasters failedThanks to all veterans on this special day.