PHOTOS FROM THE VETERANS HISTORY PROJECT WORKSHOP
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GULF COAST WAR MEMORIES PART II
Join WSRE on Veteran's Day , November 11 at 7 p.m. for Part II of Gulf Coast War Memories, featuring veterans from the Gulf Coast Area. Read the article from November's Preview Guide (Adobe Reader required).
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PREVIEWS of the War, khaki coast, and gulf coast war memories
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SHARE YOUR STORY AND VIEW other submissions
One of Ken Burns’ main motivations for producing The War was to capture the memories of the World War II generation who fought on the battlefront or felt the impact on the homefront.
Use our new story tool to share your story and to read other submissions locally and across the country.
Also, if you have recorded an interview with a veteran you can submit it to the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project, a partner in The War outreach effort. The project website includes a downloadable field kit that also provides detailed instructions on how to film and conduct an interview with World War II veterans which anyone is welcome to use. The Veterans History Project has a formal submission process for accepting videos, audio recordings, original photos and original letters. You can also download the The War field guide on conducting and preserving interviews.
WSRE to Honor Veterans with Afternoon of Special Programming Premiere of WSRE Original Documentary Sunday at 7 p.m.
On the heels of the highly acclaimed Ken Burns’ project, The War, WSRE, PBS for the Gulf Coast, has been focusing a significant amount of its community outreach efforts around World War II. The intention is to help preserve the memories of local veterans to ensure they become a part of the country’s collective and permanent history. As part of this initiative, WSRE will present a full afternoon of Veterans Day programming, on Sunday, November 11, 1-8 p.m., with a special tribute to those who fought in World War II. From a musical celebration commemorating the Air Force’s 60th anniversary to the documenting of local war heroes’ stories, WSRE is proud to recognize and honor all veterans and preserve an important time in our nation’s history.
The 7 p.m. premiere of Gulf Coast War Memories Part II, an original production from WSRE, is the culmination of interviews of local citizens’ and veterans’ war stories, told in their own words. “Due to the tremendous response we received from the first Gulf Coast War Memories program we produced and aired in September, we had so many good stories that we decided to produce a part two of the documentary,” states producer Jill Hubbs. “We plan to include all of the taped interviews on our Web site and work with teachers to include them in their WWII curriculum.” The program tells about the harrowing and often terrifying experiences of soldiers and how people on the home front coped. Navy pilot Glen Wallace relates his experiences during combat missions and describes his first “kill,” as well as being witness to history, flying over the U.S.S. Missouri as the Japanese signed the peace treaty. Ron Yeakle, former pilot in the Army Air Corps, shares his experiences as a prisoner of war at Stalag Luftwaffe III in Germany and recalls the day that General George Patton liberated the camp. These stories and many others will be featured in the one-hour documentary.
In addition, encore presentations of two other WSRE original programs, Khaki Coast: How the Panhandle Helped Win WWII and Gulf Coast War Memories (part I), will air at 6 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. respectively. National programming rounds out the schedule with one program that is of importance to our local military community. Air Group 16: We Came to Remember tells the story of the last reunion of Air Group 16 - the pilots, radiomen and gunners who served on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Lexington in the Pacific in World War II. The Lexington, as it is referred to locally, served Pensacola some 22 years as a training carrier until it was decommissioned and relocated to Corpus Christi, Texas as a museum ship.
WSRE, PBS for the Gulf Coast, is available on Channel 23, on cable channel 8 in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties, cable channel 9 in Okaloosa County, cable channel 4 in Baldwin County, Dish Network and DirecTV.
WSRE, PBS for the Gulf Coast — is a service of Pensacola State College and has been helping the community “Be more connected” for 40 years by encouraging our viewers to engage more deeply in the world around them. Through quality programming and educational outreach services, WSRE can help you “Be More educated, informed and entertained.” WSRE is viewer supported public television.
WSRE PLANS EXTENSIVE OUTREACH INITIATIVES
The War will be accompanied by an extensive national outreach campaign, as well as an educational initiative, reaching every public high school in the nation. The initiative will assist teachers with World War II curriculum for the spring of 2008. Locally, in conjunction with the landmark airing of this epic documentary, WSRE has planned an extensive outreach campaign to include this website, documentaries, a free preview screening event and teacher guides to develop curriculum that incorporates local elements of history.
Share your WWII stories and experiences via our unique StorySHARE tool above. You can upload a written account or call and record your story. All of the stories will go into a national database and be searchable by people all over the country.
WSRE is presenting two locally produced documentaries as companion programs to The War. Shot entirely in high definition (HD), Khaki Coast: How the Panhandle Helped Win WWII tells how the panhandle evolved from the influx of military during the war. Gulf Coast War Memories is the culmination of interviews of local citizens’ and veterans’ war stories, told in their own words.
After the premiere of the national documentary, WSRE will continue its outreach campaign by partnering with the Library of Congress to facilitate a training workshop for interested teachers, students, families and citizens to learn more about the Veteran's History Project. This national project’s goal is to gather all oral histories and collateral materials for submission to the national archives so generations to come can benefit and learn from these accounts.
As part of WSRE’s educational outreach, we will provide local schools with teacher’s guides and lesson plans. Students from area high schools, Pensacola State College, University of West Florida and Okaloosa Walton College will be involved in gathering oral histories from area WWII veterans.