In April of 1947, Father Flanagan had undertaken a humanitarian mission for President Harry Truman in Asia. While in the Philippines, Father met with former boys serving in the military, but he also wanted to remember Boys Town alumni who had given their lives. During World War II, hundreds of former boys listed him as their only next of kin. For this reason, Father Flanagan was declared America’s Number One War Dad. | Boystown.org

In April of 1947, Father Flanagan had undertaken a humanitarian mission for President Harry Truman in Asia. While in the Philippines, Father met with former boys serving in the military, but he also wanted to remember Boys Town alumni who had given their lives. During World War II, hundreds of former boys listed him as their only next of kin. For this reason, Father Flanagan was declared America’s Number One War Dad. | Boystown.org

Father Flanagan and some of his boys | Boystown.org

Father Flanagan and some of his boys | Boystown.org

In 1968, the USS Pueblo was captured by North Koreans. The ship’s commander, Boys Town alumnus Commander Lloyd ‘Pete’ Bucher, came to Boys Town in the late 1930s from an orphange in Idaho. When he arrived late Father Flanagan greeted him “…Pete where have you been? I’ve been waiting for you…” The crew was held for a year by the North Koreans and subjected to abuse and torture. When the crew was released in 1969, Boys Town provided Commander Bucher a huge welcome home event. | Boystown.org

In 1968, the USS Pueblo was captured by North Koreans. The ship’s commander, Boys Town alumnus Commander Lloyd ‘Pete’ Bucher, came to Boys Town in the late 1930s from an orphange in Idaho. When he arrived late Father Flanagan greeted him “…Pete where have you been? I’ve been waiting for you…” The crew was held for a year by the North Koreans and subjected to abuse and torture. When the crew was released in 1969, Boys Town provided Commander Bucher a huge welcome home event. | Boystown.org

"A man is neveras tall as when he stoops to help a child." -Father Flanagan | http://www.boystown.org

"A man is neveras tall as when he stoops to help a child." -Father Flanagan | http://www.boystown.org

In 1926, Father Flanagan began the Boys Town mayoral program. All the boys would elect one of the older boys to be the Mayor of Boys Town for a one year term. In 1936 Boys Town Mayor Dan Kampan made an official visit to New York City with Father Flanagan. They were met at the train station by Mayor Fiorello La Guardia's personal car and police escort and were treated as visiting dignitaries.   | Boystown.org

In 1926, Father Flanagan began the Boys Town mayoral program. All the boys would elect one of the older boys to be the Mayor of Boys Town for a one year term. In 1936 Boys Town Mayor Dan Kampan made an official visit to New York City with Father Flanagan. They were met at the train station by Mayor Fiorello La Guardia's personal car and police escort and were treated as visiting dignitaries. | Boystown.org

A typical boy who arrived at Boys Town in the 1930s (as told by Father Flanagan)    “A little lad in rags walked through our gates. ’Where’s Father Flanagan?’ he asked in a weak voice...They brought him to me. ’I’ve come Father. My father is a drunk. I haven’t got no mother...I hitched-hiked, Father. Here I am. I ain’t got no other place to go.' He was only 11. We did not have room. Jimmy had come 350 miles. We kept him. We could not turn him away.”

A typical boy who arrived at Boys Town in the 1930s (as told by Father Flanagan) “A little lad in rags walked through our gates. ’Where’s Father Flanagan?’ he asked in a weak voice...They brought him to me. ’I’ve come Father. My father is a drunk. I haven’t got no mother...I hitched-hiked, Father. Here I am. I ain’t got no other place to go.' He was only 11. We did not have room. Jimmy had come 350 miles. We kept him. We could not turn him away.”

Father Flanagan  loved music and believed it was a positive and uplifting outlet for children. Soon after founding Boys Town, he organized the first choir. By the 1920s, the Boys Town Choir was performing on Father Flanagan’s weekly radio program. In 1941, the choir was heard on CBS Radio’s national network during the Christmas season. Eventually, CBS Radio and TV broadcast midnight Mass, featuring the boys choir, live from the Boys Town Chapel of the Immaculate Conception. | Boystown.org

Father Flanagan loved music and believed it was a positive and uplifting outlet for children. Soon after founding Boys Town, he organized the first choir. By the 1920s, the Boys Town Choir was performing on Father Flanagan’s weekly radio program. In 1941, the choir was heard on CBS Radio’s national network during the Christmas season. Eventually, CBS Radio and TV broadcast midnight Mass, featuring the boys choir, live from the Boys Town Chapel of the Immaculate Conception. | Boystown.org

On December 12, 1917, the first group of boys arrived at Father Flanagan’s children’s home. He encouraged the homeless boys, many of whom lived in junkyards and railroad yards, to come and begin a new life. Father Flanagan’s Home for Boys was a place where children received love and guidance without corporal punishment or verbal abuse. Within two weeks, more than 75 boys representing many different races and religions lived in the boarding house in downtown Omaha, Nebraska. | Boystown.org

On December 12, 1917, the first group of boys arrived at Father Flanagan’s children’s home. He encouraged the homeless boys, many of whom lived in junkyards and railroad yards, to come and begin a new life. Father Flanagan’s Home for Boys was a place where children received love and guidance without corporal punishment or verbal abuse. Within two weeks, more than 75 boys representing many different races and religions lived in the boarding house in downtown Omaha, Nebraska. | Boystown.org

After neighbors objected to having a home with boys from different races and religions in their neighborhood, Father Flanagan decided to move out of town into the country.  Many of the older boys had to walk twenty miles from south Omaha to the farm. The younger boys rode in a large truck. The boys were able to live in a beautiful clean environment and Father was free to practice his beliefs of equality for all children, regardless of race or religion. | BoysTown.org

After neighbors objected to having a home with boys from different races and religions in their neighborhood, Father Flanagan decided to move out of town into the country. Many of the older boys had to walk twenty miles from south Omaha to the farm. The younger boys rode in a large truck. The boys were able to live in a beautiful clean environment and Father was free to practice his beliefs of equality for all children, regardless of race or religion. | BoysTown.org

The US celebrated its bicentennial in 1976. At Boys Town, Father Flanagan’s former residence was officially opened as a historic house museum and is still open to the public. The Boys Town Choir recorded an album, 'Boys Town Sings America,' which they released in Feb. of that year. When Father designed the Music Hall, he incorporated a recording studio so the boys could make their own recordings. This photo shows the choir in Philadelphia on their 76' tour promoting their album…

The US celebrated its bicentennial in 1976. At Boys Town, Father Flanagan’s former residence was officially opened as a historic house museum and is still open to the public. The Boys Town Choir recorded an album, 'Boys Town Sings America,' which they released in Feb. of that year. When Father designed the Music Hall, he incorporated a recording studio so the boys could make their own recordings. This photo shows the choir in Philadelphia on their 76' tour promoting their album…

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