Appeal for D-Day veterans to take part in film-making project

Soldiers, sailors and airmen needed for peace film project

Coventry based charity Normandy Day UK is appealing for former service men and women to be part of a peace education film project. The charity has secured an Armed Forces Community Covenant grant to link service men and women with secondary schools to make the film. The project will ‘pair’ them with seven Coventry and Warwickshire secondary schools who, with the help of a local community film maker, will research the ‘Ingredients for Peace’ (the film’s working title) and interview them about their experience of active service. Prominent international peace makers will also be interviewed to show how the sacrifices of a few have contributed to peace in Western Europe since 1945.

The project will be completed by 6th June 2014 in time for the 70th anniversary of D-Day, which will be marked in each participating school, and many more around the UK, by a ‘peace picnic’.

The charity is currently recruiting a local community film maker and has teamed up with the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum to retain the recorded memories of service men and women for the foreseeable future.

When completed next June, the film will be promoted and distributed to all UK secondary schools with the aim of being seen by half a million students.

90 year-old Normandy veteran Dennis Davison is founder of Normandy Day UK and a regular visitor to the beaches of Normandy where he and many others fought for our freedoms: “This project is a dream come true. To be able to bring the message of peace to so many young people means the world to me. But it can only happen if people come forward to tell their stories.”

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Leader of Warwickshire County Council, which manages the local Armed Forces Covenant on behalf of the MOD, said: “We are delighted to make this exciting intergenerational project happen, which could have national impact. I hope it causes hundreds of young people to think very deeply about their contribution to peace in their communities.”

The project is due to be launched at Coventry’s Herbert Art Gallery and Museum on 28th November, but can only start if enough service men and women come forward. Those with active service experience in any conflict since 1939 are invited to send their contact details to putting ‘film’ in the subject box. Those without email can phone Andy Duncan, the project manager, on 07939 105706. They will then receive an invitation to the launch event on 28th November.

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