March 15, 2005

Crapoâ??s November â??Capitol Watchâ?? To Honor Idaho Veterans

Annual Spirit of Freedom awards announced on November 11th broadcast

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will devote the November edition of his monthly cable program, â??Capitol Watch,â?? to Idahoâ??s veterans. The program, which airs on the second Tuesday of each month, will be broadcast on Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11, 2003, from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Mountain/6 to 6:30 p.m. Pacific. It will feature an interview with the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Anthony J. Principi, and Crapoâ??s annual Spirit of Freedom: Idaho Veterans Service Awards, excerpts from interviews done with several Idaho veterans, including Helene Messman, Boise; Ed Freeman, Boise; Jim Norwood, Hagerman; and Bill Andrews, formerly of Mountain Home Air Force Base. Mrs. Messman was one of the first recipients of Crapoâ??s Spirit of Freedom awards.â??Since the second Tuesday in November is Veterans Day, it is appropriate to honor Idahoâ??s veterans during Capitol Watch this month,â?? Crapo explained. â??I have been active with The Library of Congressâ?? Veterans History Project for several years, and we will have excerpts from interviews that my staff and I have submitted to that project. It is an honor to have Secretary Principi join me to discuss the debt our country owes to our veterans. And it is an appropriate time to announce my annual Spirit of Freedom awards, which were created last year to honor Idaho veterans and the volunteers who work with them. I hope that many Idahoans will join me on November 11th in honoring the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our freedoms.â??The program will air over local cable systems throughout Idaho. The audio from the program is also simulcast on Crapoâ??s website, http://crapo.senate.gov; RealPlayer must be downloaded on the computer in order to listen to the program. â??Capitol Watchâ?? will air in the following cities over the following channels:Boise/Treasure Valley11Coeur dâ??Alene19Idaho City37Idaho Falls/Blackfoot19Lewiston13Moscow11Pocatello22Twin Falls60The program is also sponsored by the Idaho Cable Telecommunications Association (ICTA) and local cable systems throughout Idaho. Local cable systems provide access and the channel numbers may vary from month to month. Due to equipment upgrades or scheduling conflicts, the program is not always available on every cable system in the state.# # #