Sunday, July 5, 2009

Remembering Fallen Soldiers and Heroes Who Fought For Our Freedom On This Fourth of July

/24-7/ -- "As America begins celebrating the birth of its country, they should also remember the soldiers who fought for our freedom that everyone enjoys," said Director Richard D. Lanni, who recently toured America with his latest film The Americans On D-Day. The film was shot on location in Europe.

"The battle tour film helps people understand exactly what these brave soldiers experienced at war," said Ellwood von Seibold, who has been hired by WW2 Reflections to present the whole series. Filming for Part 2 of the Battlefield Tour Series The Americans on D-Day to VE Day begins in September and is expected to be completed just in time for the 66th Anniversary of D-Day in June next year. "The 4th of July highlights the freedom of a model country for the rest of the world," he said.

The new film will include: The Americans at Hells Highway (Operation Market Garden) with Presenter Ellwood von Seibold guiding viewers through the U.S paratroopers actions in Holland, WW2 Reflections recently filmed the entire St. Mere Eglise ceremonies on the 65th Anniversary of D-Day, where the French Government handed out medal of valor and recognized soldiers for one of the worst battles in War history.

The tour film will also illustrate the daylight drop zones, the bridges that were taken and held, and the famous Waal river crossing of the 504 p.i.r in an action packed educational project. Veteran interviews will add to excitement of the battlefield tour, which continues to chart the American forces advance from D-Day to Victory in Europe Day
(VE Day).

Earlier this year, the premiere of The Americans on D-Day was shown at the American Legion Post 43 in Hollywood, CA, where all the military dignitaries involved in the film and who provided testimony in the first film series provided more stories of valor.

The American Legion has posted exclusive footage Online filmed by WW2 Reflections, Dublin, Ireland, of the 65th anniversary ceremonies of D-Day in St. Mere Eglise, Normandy, France. (http://tinyurl.com/lx6gvk)

At the epicenter of D-Day anniversary activities each year is the small town of Ste. Mere Eglise, made famous by the 1962 hit movie "The Longest Day." Each year, even today, veterans, historians, tourists and re-enactors swarm to the Normandy town to see history come alive. Active-duty paratroopers jump from C-130s in the countryside surrounding the town. Parades, wreath-laying ceremonies and activities at the town's Airborne Museum.

The stars of the world's largest production - a film on the invasion of Normandy, "The Americans on D-Day," premiered in the French language earlier this year. (May 07, 2007.) Several hundred local officials, visiting military dignitaries and stars of the film attended.
"We decided to show it in St. Mere Eglise, Normandy, because it was t
he first town to be liberated," explained Richard D. Lanni, film director, WW2 Reflections, Dublin, Ireland. "We are thrilled with The American Legion's support, endorsement and now posting of our historical recordings of the French government ceremonies honoring veterans for those heroic days."

In April, about 100 people saw the film in Hollywood at the American Legion Post #43, Hollywood, CA. "It was well done, and the reproduction of the Normandy scenes were pretty darn powerful, and the overlays of graphics were very good," said Adj. Finance Officer Terry Duddy, American Legion Hollywood Post 43. "It was well received by our members attending here. We have posted a link for DVD sales, and five dollars goes to paralyzed veterans on each film sale on our website (http://tinyurl.com/mcnh9v).

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