Veterans will be honored today during the fifth annual “Lest They Be Forgotten” event presented by Speaks Family Legacy Chapel and the Harry S. Truman Library

Veterans will be honored today during the fifth annual “Lest They Be Forgotten” event presented by Speaks Family Legacy Chapel and the Harry S. Truman Library. The event is at 2 p.m. today at the library, which is on U.S. 24 in Independence. It’s free and open to the public and honors all veterans.
There will be a showing of “Omaha Beach, D-Day June 6, 1944,” an hour-long documentary by filmmaker Larry Cappetto about the American troops involved in the invasion of Normandy in during World War II. Cappetto will speak about the making of the film. His films have been shown before at the “Lest They Be Forgotten” events. Last year, his film about Vietnam was shown, and two years ago his film about Korea was shown.
On Thursday and Friday, at the Carson-Speaks Chapel he will interview veterans for upcoming documentaries. Veterans who are interested should call 970-254-9262, send an e-mail to larry@veteranshistory.org or visit his http://veteranshistory.org.

1 How did the idea for this event come about?
“Lest They Be Forgotten” is an award winning, public television, military documentary series. It is my tribute, thank you and labor of love towards those men and women who have served our country faithfully.

2 What does the new film tell us about the men who fought there?
“Omaha Beach, D-Day, June 6, 1944” is the first in a series of films ... an up close and personal, first-hand account from the men who landed on Omaha and Utah Beach during the Normandy invasion.

3 What other projects do you have in mind?
Currently working on another film (The Battle of the Bulge) in the documentary series “Lest They Be Forgotten.” There are three films about D-Day, two on the Battle of Iwo Jima, one on the Korean War, one on the Vietnam War, one on the Canadians’ involvement during WWII, and a powerful film about the Holocaust.

4 What is the most common reaction to the “Lest They Be Forgotten” event?
After viewing a film presentation, people come away with a deeper appreciation for all veterans and the freedoms we share.

5 What has been the biggest surprise in this process?
The “Lest They Be Forgotten” documentary series is now being used across North America to educate students. Our younger generation needs to learn of the sacrifices that have gone before them so can better appreciate all veterans and the freedoms we enjoy.