Thursday, August 13, 2009
Catholic Soldier to Be Interviewed Live From Afghanistan Via Satellite on CatholicTV
On Friday, August 14th, Major Jennifer Willis will be featured in a live interview on the CatholicTV talk show “This is the Day”. Major Willis is the leader of a 20-person unit of military broadcasters and print journalists who are covering the war and military life in Afghanistan. In March, Major Willis’ convoy was attacked by militants in the Konar Province of Afghanistan. Despite 2 hours of fighting, no one in the convoy was harmed.
Major Jennifer Willis is a Catholic who enjoys singing in the Catholic choir at Bagram. She sponsors an Afghan teen who is a student at a carpet weaving school in Kabul. Major Willis is a third-generation career military officer.
Major Willis has had sixteen years of service in the Army, including seven overseas. She has been stationed at Ft. Hood, TX; in Honduras; in Egypt; in Germany; in Gainesville, FL; and at Ft. Lewis, WA. She left her son Morgan at home with his father when the baby was seven months old. When Major Willis returns from Afghanistan, her son will be 19 months old.
Also on “This is the Day” will be Dave Solimine Jr. and Sr. The Solimines are involved in the funeral business and take part in the corporal and spiritual works of mercy of praying for and burying the dead. Dave Solimine Sr. says that no one in his funeral home is buried without a prayer. If someone has no family, Dave or one of the funeral directors prays in the viewing room for the person.
These guests can be seen on Friday, August 14th live at 10:30AM (EST) on CatholicTV where available (rebroadcast at 8PM). The show will also be streamed simultaneously at www.CatholicTV.com and will be available on the site’s archives starting Friday night. All videos at the website are viewable in full-screen. Paste this URL into your browser in order to access the “This is the Day” video archives. http://www.CatholicTV.org/shows/default.aspx?seriesID=72
The Solimine family has a tradition of community service and philanthropy that dates back more than a half-century. Mr. Solimine will discuss the “Wall That Heals” which is a travelling version of the wall at the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. The “Wall That Heals” will be visiting Mr. Solimine’s hometown of Lynn, MA from August 27th-30th.
*photo is from http://www.arcent.army.mil/cflcc_today/2003/march/mar23_31.asp