A Gathering of Heroes
In May 2004, the United States sang the praises of the 16 million
who served in the armed forces and millions more who
toiled in the factories during World War II by
dedicating a long-awaited memorial in Washington D.C.
A Gathering of Heroes is the story of a reunion
of a group of 60
Hoosier World War II veterans – most of who had never met.
They came together during the unusually hot summer
for a 15-hour cross-country bus trek to the nation’s capital
the memorial…their memorial.
half-hour documentary, produced by Kim Jacobs for
WFYI TV 20, brings the veteran’s stories into the open as they
humbly share their emotional tales of struggle
and survival. Many of the
stories on the documentary had never been told
by the unsung
heroes who, years ago, were eager to forget about
the horrors of
war and content to move on and live quietly among
us. See an intro for the documentary
and read the script for the documentary here.
Senator Richard Lugar has partnered with the Library of Congress
to help preserve the oral histories of Indiana
veterans. The Veterans History Project will ensure
that these valuable stories are preserved for future
generations of authors, historians, students and
other interested individuals to use and experience.
You can visit senator Lugar's Veterans History
Project web page by going to http://lugar.senate.gov/vhp.html.
A Gathering of Heroes can be seen nationwide through American Public Television.