Filmmaker Larry Cappetto is certainly on to something.

Filmmaker Larry Cappetto is certainly on to something.

Appearing at the Harry Truman Library & Museum Wednesday, Cappetto presented his one-hour film, “Omaha Beach, D-Day, June 6, 1944,” to a full auditorium. The presentation was part of the fifth annual “Lest They Be Forgotten” veteran’s program, sponsored by Speaks Family Legacy Chapel.

Some who gathered were veterans, and some who gathered were friends or relatives of veterans. Any one of them could have been up  on the screen, telling their stories.

That’s where Cappetto does it right.

Rather than crowd the film with grainy footage, blanketing it with the droning sound of a narrator’s voice, Cappetto lets veterans talk.

“It’s a way to provide a platform,” Cappetto said. “The veterans are the one’s who should be speaking.”

The film on the Normandy invasion, the largest amphibious invasion in human history, includes dozens of interviews with men who were there that morning. Making the film, Cappetto said, was a labor of love.

It was also the first film he made in the planned series of films, which required about 800 interviews with veterans throughout the world.

“The ironic thing is that I didn’t serve in the military, but my father and uncle did,” he said.

He is currently working on a film about the Battle of the Bulge, and there are three films about D-Day, two on the Battle of Iwo Jima, one on the Korean War, another on the Vietnam War, Canadian involvement during the war and a film on the Holocaust.

Brad Speaks, co-owner of the funeral home, said the program spawned from the family’s organization call to help recognize the nation’s veterans.

Last year’s event, also held at the Truman Library, focused on Vietnam War veterans. Prior to that, the program focused on Korean War veterans.

As he does after most of his screenings, Cappetto met and spoke with veterans after the program, talking about their service and, if they’re willing, asking for an interview.

“Ten year’s from now, who will be around to tell these stories?” he asked. “Fifteen hundred World War II veterans are dying each day.”

When he speaks at schools, he invites a veteran to come with him.

Response from children is typically the same.

“They’re intrigued with the history, and they admit to not having given a thought about wars, about freedom and what everyone should be grateful for,” he said.

“It touches them in a lot of ways.”