Throughout Globe War II pin-up calendars boosted moral of U.S.
Soldiers battling abroad, and that spirit arrives alive yet again with the California’s “Calendar Angel” Gina Elise on Monday, April 27, 2009. Which is when the American Legion, submit # forty three will demonstrate the fight tour film Americans on D-Working day.
Elise will join, surviving American Legion veterans of D-Working day in Normandy, Richard Lanni, Film Director, The Americans on D-Working day and film Host Ellwood von Seibold. 1 of the stars of the fight tour film Howard Manoian, a veteran of the U.S. Military 82nd Airborne will attend the celebration. He landed in Normandy on D-Working day and returned many several years later to dwell in the place that he aided liberate.
Gina Elise, nicknamed “The Betty Grable of a new technology” and “The Calendar Angel” will be marketing her T-Shirts and Calendars at American Legion Corridor celebration. Elise, who has donated $20,000 to aid veteran medical center clients has acquired many community awards for her volunteer do the job. ” I want to elevate $20,000 for veterans this calendar year,” mentioned Elise, who has built numerous particular visits to sick and hurt
veterans in hospitals and facilities throughout the place. Elise was showcased on Fox News final January.
“I now definitely believe, 3 several years just after launching this task, that one particular calendar, incorporated with a specific information, procured for a younger recruit, can make all the distinction in the entire world,” she mentioned. “Just to permit him know that other individuals are wondering of him.”
Film Director Richard Lanni has also trekked throughout the place conference with armed service dignitaries, museum officers and veterans of Globe War II about Normandy. He‘s exploring D-Working day and interviewing veterans in a sequence of films on Normandy. The next film will be “A Soldier’s Journey” to be produced all over Memorial Working day.
“It is the sixty fifth Anniversary of D-working day,” mentioned Lanni, WW2 Reflections, Dublin, Eire, who comes in Hollywood this 7 days. “We have filmed interviews with surviving veterans of Normandy that will be showcased in Hollywood later this thirty day period to relive these days. I am listed here to satisfy far more veterans and pay a visit to museums so our films will be correct.”
The to start with film premieres Monday, April twenty seventh, seven:00 p.m. (PDT), (Cocktails six:00 – seven:00 pm), at the American Legion Publish #forty three, 2035 N Highland Ave., Hollywood, CA. 90068. The film is out there for any American Legion Publish or veteran organizations on request and will be proven for cost-free. Veterans will need to RSVP with the American Legion.
WW2-Reflections’ to start with tour film for its guardian business, Labyrinth Media & Publishing Ltd. of Dublin, Eire, specializes in WW II battlefield tour DVDS for the U.S. Current market. The film goes on sale later this thirty day period at the formal web-site:
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to understand American Heroes of D-Working day this calendar year, on the sixty fifth Anniversary of Normandy, and what far better place to do it than at the historical American Legion Publish forty three creating,” mentioned Lanni, WW2-Reflections.
The Americans on D-Working day
will make comprehensive use of intelligent graphics and veterans’ recollections, as very well as a must have aid from Dale Dye, a retired U.S. Maritime captain who launched Warriors Inc., Los Angeles, which specializes in teaching actors for war-themed film and tv productions. “‘The Americans on D-Working day” supplies an enjoyable insight into one particular of the most pivotal events of the 20th century,” Dye mentioned. “I am definitely proud to have a hand in this exertion to give a foxhole-degree watch of what took place in Normandy on June six, 1944.
“I have seen a good deal of tour films that purport to give viewers an insight into what gallant Americans endured and attained on D-Working day, but this one particular definitely hits the mark,” Dye mentioned.
“When we flew above the English Channel, there were a million ships in the water, and I have yet to satisfy any of these fellas who were on these ships,” mentioned eighty five-calendar year aged retired U.S. Air Power Workers Sergeant Morton (Mort) Schecter, Northridge, CA, who flew as a United States Military Air Corps tail gunner in a B-24 Liberator warplane, the most made U.S. armed service plane throughout Globe War II. He was assigned to the 467th Bomb Crew and 791st Bomb Squadron in England. “I am fortunate to nevertheless be listed here,” he mentioned.
Schecter, who flew 35 missions out of England, is amongst the American Veteran heroes, who flew on D-Working day June six, 1941. Schecter and his son also approach to attend the premiere exhibiting of The Americans on D-Working day.
“We were hardly ever shot down, but we did crash-land with six 1,000 pound bombs on board. We flew the to start with mission on D-Working day and bombed at three:thirty in the morning, and it was the least difficult mission, for the reason that we hardly ever saw any fighters or opposition. Then on June eighth, two days later, we went to Germany, we couldn’t drop our bombs owing to a malfunction. When we aborted the mission, we returned, but the plane landed on its belly in the subject just after the landing gear struts broke. We landed with the bombs onboard, which did not go off. So I am nevertheless listed here, he mentioned.”
Schecter mentioned he experienced an angel on his shoulder that working day, and nevertheless has his checklist of the missions he flew. “Actor Jimmy Stewart was in our division, and he flew 28 missions. He entered the assistance as a buck personal and when he died he was a Normal,” he mentioned.
Veterans who would like to RSVP to the celebration on April 27, 2009 will need to simply call 323-851-3030 and go away your identify, your town and cell phone range. Media need to RSVP with MAYO 818-340-5300.
[Editor’s take note: EPK DVD with extras like uniforms and weapons made use of are out there on request. To obtain a preview duplicate get hold of Aida Mayo or George Mc Quade, simply call 818-340-5300, or electronic mail:
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