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Friday, May 21, 2004


ABC correspondent John Berman to speak on Memorial Day

John Berman (second from left) is shown with ABC colleagues in Baghdad, August, 2003. (Courtesy photo)

Carlisle's traditional Memorial Day celebration will be held on Monday, May 31 from 9:30 a.m. until noon in Carlisle Center. Everyone is encouraged to come and celebrate this occasion and honor those who have served and are serving our country.

The day's events will begin with a flag-raising on the Common at 9:30 a.m. At 10 a.m. formal exercises will be held in the Corey Auditorium with a keynote address by ABC News correspondent John Berman, who grew up in Carlisle. After the formal exercises, a parade will follow the traditional route down Church Street to Green Cemetery, up Bedford Road to the monument at the rotary and finish at the town flagpole on the Common where the school band will play "The Star Spangled Banner."

Immediately after the parade, juice and cookies will be served to the children outside the Carlisle School cafeteria.

The First Religious Society invites townspeople to attend their traditional Memorial Day luncheon at Union Hall following the parade.

All veterans who need transportation, please call Judy Larson at 1-978-6503.

From ABC News we learn this about our Memorial Day speaker.

John Berman has been at ABC News since 1995, and a correspondent based in New York since 2001. Berman was embedded with the 3rd Battalion 2nd Marines during the war in Iraq, where he was ABC News' reporter on the ground during the battle for Nasiriyah.

Berman has returned to Iraq several times since the war, leading the coverage of dramatic events including the suicide bomb attack on the United Nations headquarters, the brutal mutilation of American contractors in Fallujah, and the Shi'ite uprising. He also covered the Israeli/Palestinian conflict from Jerusalem, the SARS outbreak in Toronto, and the Presidential campaign of General Wesley Clark. He files regularly for all of ABC News' shows, including Good Morning America, World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, Nightline, and This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Berman is also a frequent anchor of World News Now and World News This Morning.

In 1999 and 2000, Berman worked as an off-air reporter for ABC News covering the presidential campaign of President Bush. He logged more hours with then-candidate Bush than nearly any other reporter, following Bush to 45 states from his early fund-raisers through his first months in the White House.

From 1997-1999, Berman was the head writer for World News Tonight with Peter Jennings. He traveled with Jennings to the Columbine school shooting in Colorado, and Cuba for the pope's historic visit. He also worked with Jennings throughout the impeachment hearings of President Clinton.

Berman started at ABC as a desk assistant working the overnight shift in 1995. A native of Carlisle, Berman graduated from Harvard University, where he was president of Hasty Pudding Theatricals.

Next week the Mosquito plans to publish an interview with John Berman.

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