LEXINGTON – The stories surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012 incident at the consulate at Benghazi, Libya continues to be shrouded with mystery.
In order to shed some light on that evening the Heartland Museum of MilitaryVehicles will be hosting Kris Paranto on Veterans Day.
Paranto was working on a security team that night. The former army ranger’s story along with the story of others have been documented in a book that later become a movie entitled “13 Hours.” Paranto was working with Mark Geist, John Tiegen, Jake Silva, Dave Benton and Tyrone Woods at the nearby CIA station called the “Annex” when the attack took place. Their mission was to repel the attackers and protect the Americans stationed there.
Museum president Terry Lauby said that the purpose of hosting Paranto’s talk is to learn more about this controversial subject.
“When you hear Kris talk,” Lauby said, “you really feel like you have heard the truth. The war on terror is 15 years old and it still effects us everyday and will for the rest of our lives. It is important for us to remember; we have to hammer this stuff home.”
Paranto will speak after the museum’s eleventh hour commemoration on Veteran’s Day (Nov. 11). At the moment that the armistice was signed to end World War One – the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, on the eleventh month, Lauby will ring a bell that was saved from the guided missile carrier, USS Long Beach eleven times. Following that ceremony Paranto will speak.
The morning starts with coffee and rolls at 9:30. The Sandoz Shining Stars from Sandoz Elementary in Lexington will perform at 10:25. Following the eleventh hour ceremony and Paranto’s speech the annual bean soup dinner will take place.
The veteran’s day celebration culminates with the military vehicle parade at 4:00 on main street.
“We will try to get as many of the vehicles running as we can,” Lauby said, “some of them are older than me, so we might have to pull them back.”
For more information on the Veteran’s Day celebration or the museum call (308) 324-6329.