Acclaimed “Lest They Be Forgotten” Series Releases New Edition
Latest Veterans History Archive Features “Battle of the Bulge”
DEERFIELD, ILL. — April 18, 2011 — Documentary filmmaker Larry Cappetto announced today the upcoming release of the latest in his acclaimed series capturing the first-hand accounts of our nation’s veterans.
“The Battle of the Bulge” is a 97-minute film retelling of events by those who experienced the battle also known as the Ardennes Offensive, which took place toward the end of World War II.
“Lest They Be Forgotten” is a film series consisting of 12 documentaries on DVD, all of which recount various battles or episodes in U.S. military history, ranging from Iwo Jima to Vietnam.
“These are my role models and my heroes,” said Cappetto. “I’m honored to be working with these brave veterans and capturing their memories to carry on their legacies for future generations,” he added.
It’s been widely reported that World War II veterans are dying at a rate of more than 1,000 per day, making it all the more critical to capture and share their first-hand accounts of these important milestones in U.S. history. Doing so has also provided the impetus for a community service and a chance for the veterans themselves to congregate and share their stories.
Since 2004, Cappetto has partnered exclusively with Selected Independent Funeral Homes to provide the Lest They Be Forgotten Veterans Memorial Outreach Program to its members and the communities they serve.
The program includes such opportunities as:
Veteran interviews at the member funeral home – an opportunity for Cappetto to capture and document stories from local veterans for potential use in future films.
Outreach to local schools – a one-hour presentation teaching our young people that “Freedom is NEVER free,” along with a lesson of thanking and honoring our veterans and being truly grateful for the freedoms we share in our country.
Film presentations at a local venue – this is a community outreach program that has been extremely well received throughout the country in which a film from the series is presented to the general public free of charge, followed by a discussion panel with Cappetto and local veterans.
“Selected is proud of its continued support of the ‘Lest They Be Forgotten’ program providing access to these films to the general public and to our member firms” said Robert Paterkiewicz, executive director of Selected Independent Funeral Homes. “These works are important tributes to the men and women who have served, and the newest edition will be a great addition to the series.”
Individual copies of the “The Battle of the Bulge” DVD are available for purchase along with any of the other editions of the “Lest They Be Forgotten” series at www.veteranshistory.org or by calling 1-800-323-4219. For more information, or if you or someone you know is a veteran who would like to schedule an interview with Cappetto, please visit www.veteranshistory.org.
About Selected Independent Funeral Homes
Founded in 1917 as National Selected Morticians, Selected Independent Funeral Homes (www.selectedfuneralhomes.org) is the world’s oldest and largest association of independently owned funeral homes. Members of the association are expected to operate according to specific standards and best practices in order to provide the public with reliable, high-quality funeral services and funeral-related information.
About Lest They Be Forgotten
“Lest They Be Forgotten” is an award-winning documentary series of 12 films by acclaimed filmmaker Larry Cappetto which captures the memories of war veterans in tribute to those brave men and women who served our country. Cappetto travels the country speaking to communities and in schools in an effort to preserve the history and honor of our nation’s veterans by keeping their memories alive for generations to come.
For more information on the series, to book Cappetto as a speaker or to schedule an interview with a veteran, please visit www.veteranshistory.org.
Lisa Gunggoll, LG-PR
Date : 4/18/2011