A huge number of participants turned out yesterday morning to complete the Letterkenny Parkrun 5k course at St. Conal’s Hospital Grounds, which includes Letterkenny Town Park.Paul Toner was the first to cross the finish line at yesterday’s event.Paul was joined by Aaron Nepgen in second place and Martin Donnelly in third. Every Saturday morning at 9:30am, walkers, joggers, fun runners, and elite runners alike come together to take part in this free 5k.The emphasis is on having fun and enjoying yourself – why not join in next week?Photography by Mary Conway.Picture Special: Paul Toner first to cross finish line at Letterkenny Parkrun was last modified: November 4th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:letterkenny parkrunpaul tonerpicture special
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii — Thousands of people gathered at Pearl Harbor on Wednesday for a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the attack that plunged the United States into World War II and left more than 2,300 service people dead.Under a clear blue sky, a few dozen attack survivors and others assembled on a pier overlooking the harbor. They bowed their heads and observed a moment of silence at 7:55 a.m. — the same moment Japanese planes began their assault on Dec. 7, 1941.The USS Halsey sounded its whistle to start the moment. F-22 fighter jets flying in formation overhead broke the silence afterward.Earlier, Laura Stoller watched as crowds jostled for autographs and photos with survivors. Stoller accompanied her adoptive grandfather and Pearl Harbor survivor Stan VanHoose of Beloit, Wisconsin, to the event and was happy to see the veterans getting attention.“All of these men who for so long didn’t get the recognition they deserve– they’re soaking it up. And it’s so fun to see,” Stoller said.VanHoose, 96, served on the USS Maryland.Fellow survivor Jim Downing of Colorado Springs, Colorado, said he comes back to Hawaii for the anniversary commemorations to be with his shipmates.“We get together and have a great time and compare our stories,” he said.Downing said surprise, fear, anger and pride overcame him as Japanese planes bombed Pearl Harbor.Then a newlywed sailor, he recalled a Japanese plane flying low and slow in his direction as he rushed to his battleship from his home after hearing explosions and learning of the attack on the radio.