June 3rd, 2015 Mixer w/ Filmmaker &WWII Vet George Ciampa
Next Meeting- Wednesday June 3rd
A Panel Discussion Salute with
Our World War II Veterans
D-Day. June 6, 1944. George Ciampa, an 18 year-old Army Private, weighing just 115 pounds, comes ashore on Utah Beach in Normandy, France. As a member of the 607th Graves Registration Company, his terrible duty was to bury our dead, which he did every day for 11 months throughout France, Belgium and Germany, including The Battle of The Bulge, the largest land battle the U.S. Army has ever fought. By the war’s end in Europe, on May 8, 1945, 70 years ago, the 607th handled an estimated 75,000 dead soldiers, American and German.
In 2006, Ciampa started a new career as a filmmaker, at age 81! And got his documentaries shown on PBS! His work is an inspiration to everyone who doubts their ability to start.
The Lesson Is Priceless and Memories Of France are both films about citizens loss of freedom. Remembering The Fallen Heroes of the Mighty Eighth, WW II is about a French researcher of Eighth Air Force crash sites in France. Gary Sinise did the video introduction. They Will Never Forget is a film about European civilians who adopt graves of American soldiers they knew, only as liberators. Adopters range in age from 7 to 90. Jon Voight did the video introduction.
On June 16th, 2015, George will turn 90. It is his mission to freely distribute his FREEDOM-themed educational documentaries to all 2117 public high schools in California, so that a new generation of Americans will learn and remember the sacrifices of our WWII Veterans. Please help him complete his mission. www.letfreedomringforall.org
P.S. For the 70th anniversary of D-Day, George received a call from the White House, wondering if he would attend a private meeting in France for veterans with President Obama. George thought about it for a while, and concluded he just couldnt. Said another Vet: Its not that we dont want to respect the commander-in-chief, its just that he makes it so hard to do so.
PANEL DISCUSSION WITH OUR WORLD WAR II VETERANS
In the second half of the evening, there will be a panel discussion with George and three more WWII vets, who were filmed in George’s documentaries. One is a combat veteran from the 28th Infantry Division, who fought in Normandy and The Battle Of The Bulge, two others are veterans of the Mighty Eighth Air Forc, a B-17 pilot and a B-17 Navigator. Another guest may be one of our own HCR members, who flew P-51s in the Pacific. Please come join us on this important occasion, to hear their vital lessons of history, and salute their service to our country.
Coffee/Tea and Dessert only (No Dinner)
Date: June 3rd, 2015
Time: 7:00- 9:00 PM (Approx)
(Reception/Check in- starting at 6:30)
Place: Mayflower Club
11110 Victory Blvd (Across from Target)
North Hollywood, CA 91606
Cost: $5.00 for Members, $9.00 for Non-Members (Cash or Check- Sorry no credit cards)
Free Parking behind building, on street after 7:00 and in the Target parking lot.
Full cash bar (reasonably priced!)
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