Local Routes: Honoring & Remembering Veterans (Episode 705)

Local Routes: Honoring & Remembering Veterans (Episode 705)

Originally Published November 11, 2021

In honor of Veterans day, we celebrate and remember the many people who have served in America’s Armed forces.

We remember Navy Seaman Earl Paul Baum who died at the very start of World War II, but it wasn’t until just a few years ago that he was laid to rest right here in Tallahassee. We also get to know the veterans who make up the Honor Guard at the Tallahassee National Cemetery. Plus, we rediscover the story of a lost B-17 bomber at St. Marks Wildlife Refuge and take to the skies in a military aircraft.

You can see a POW/MIA ceremony from our Vietnam Stories project a few years here.

Plus, we have dozens of Vietnam Veteran stories located in our Vietnam Stories Media Gallery.

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Suzanne Smith is Executive Producer for Television at WFSU Public Media. She oversees the production of local programs at WFSU, is host of WFSU Local Routes, and a regular content contributor.

Suzanne’s love for PBS began early with programs like Sesame Street and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and continues to this day. She earned a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri with minors in political science and history. She also received a Master of Arts in Mass Communication from the University of Florida.

Suzanne spent many years working in commercial news as Producer and Executive Producer in cities throughout the country before coming to WFSU in 2003. She is a past chair of the National Educational Telecommunications Association’s Content Peer Learning Community and a member of Public Media Women in Leadership organization.

In her free time, Suzanne enjoys spending time with family, reading, watching television, and exploring our community.