GLENDALE – Louis Zamperini was a star to students at Wilson Middle School even before the 90-year-old World War II veteran stepped into their auditorium. Having seen a video on Zamperini before he visited Thursday, the students crowded around the beaming old man in a USC cap. Then again, Zamperini is used to attention. He was an Olympic track star before he survived 47 days on a raft in the Pacific, and before enduring two and a half years in a POW camp and returning home a hero. “They call us the greatest generation. I don’t like that term,” Zamperini said in an interview after the school presentation. “We were the hardy generation. And how do you become hardy? Overcoming adversity.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Zamperini has overcome his share of it. The co-author of a book about his life called “Devil at My Heels,” he still pilots a private plane to Twenty Nine Palms, where he talks to Marines completing training. And he meets students, who pepper him with questions. On Thursday, a student asked if he saw sharks from his raft. “Lots of sharks, yeah,” Zamperini said. “They say that human beings are not part of the shark food chain. Don’t you believe it.” Other vets were also honored at the presentation. Pascual Campanilla survived the Bataan Death March in the Philippines during World War II. Gerald Abrahamson piloted a B-29 bomber in the Korean War and was captured after the plane was shot down. Abrahamson, 75, had to parachute out when his bomber was shot down by a MiG fighter jet. Afraid his hands would freeze up, he opened his parachute too early. Slowly descending, he was vulnerable to enemy fire. But none came – all that surrounded him was perfect silence, he said. Abrahamson was soon captured and held in North Korea. The experience showed him how poor the country was, and still is, he said. As for himself, the Glendale resident said the war changed him. “I think you become more serious at a younger age,” he said. “You appreciate your life more. Every day, when the sun comes up, it’s a bonus.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Paddy McDermott, one of Donegal’s best-known gardening talents, is enjoying great growth in his business ventures.Paddy, who is from Burt, has had an exciting summer as the winner of RTE’s Super Garden Viewers’ Choice Award. He was Donegal’s first finalist in the TV competition, which saw cameras coming to Letterkenny to film him transforming a local family’s garden.And now Paddy is putting down roots in Letterkenny with a second branch of his Creative Landscaping Works store. The official opening will take place on Saturday 17th August and it promises to be a fun day out for all with special offers. Alongside his popular store in Bridgend, Paddy’s Letterkenny store offers everything you could need to design your dream garden with ease.Watch the video below for a tour of the brand new store:He was also recently awarded a coveted Business All Star Accreditation, which is an independently verified standard mark for businesses based on rigorous selection criteria; performance, trust and customer centricity.With Paddy’s expertise, you can get help to make your garden an attractive space to relax and play. Creative Landscaping Works is the north west’s leading artificial grass supplier, providing premium quality synthetic green grass 365 days a year. Which means no mowing! They also sell Tobermore concrete block paving and paving flags/slabs, which come with a 25 year guarantee. Get your paving sealers and outdoor cleaning products in store.And for the little ones, Creative Landscaping Works specialised in outdoor playframes and fun. Find playframes, trampolines, swings, goal posts and more to suit any garden size at the stores. There is a wide range of playframe accessories available, from swing seats, slides, handles, climbing rocks, telescopes, steering wheels and more.Paddy McDermott at the new Creative Landscaping Works, Lisnennan LetterkennyThey also have great quality garden furniture, seating and firepits to create a relaxing area for winding down outside. Plus, you’ll find artificial plants and hedges for hassle-free designing.Paddy has it all in the Creative Landscaping stores, with hand tools and DIY equipment including screws, nails and fixings all under one roof. And you can get the best advice from the team on how to make the most of your space.Creative Landscaping Works LetterkennyCiaran at Creative Landscaping Works BridgendCreative Landscaping Works LetterkennyDavid at Creative Landscaping Works, Lisnennan LetterkennyWhy not call into the grand opening of the new store at Lisnennan Letterkenny for a browse of all the stock. The opening party will feature family fun events and an environmentally friendly car exhibition. Plus, customers can book into a free one day design clinic taking place on Saturday – call 087 937 9967 to get booked in now.With Highland Radio broadcasting from 12noon, it’s sure to be a fun day out. Paddy and the team are looking forward to welcoming everyone.Follow Creative Landscaping Works on Facebook for regular offers and updates from Letterkenny and BridgendPaddy McDermott at the new Creative Landscaping Works, Lisnennan LetterkennyBusiness is blooming for star gardener Paddy with new Letterkenny store was last modified: August 12th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Businesscreative landscaping worksGardeningOutdoorPaddy McDermottStoresuper garden
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