Normandy Project Film Screening: The girl who wore freedom
Sunday, November 17th | 3pm In The Mainstage Theater at Pheasant Run
As Americans, we probably know more about World War II than any other war in our history. We have heard about D-Day from movies and stories told by our soldiers who landed on the beaches and parachuted into pastures and towns to fight for France. They fought and died to liberate men, women, and children from enemy forces.
But an important piece of D-Day history has been missing - stories of the Normandy citizens who were occupied and liberated on that day. For the people of Normandy, D-Day is more than a date in a history book or archival footage on a movie screen. D-Day is liberation. D-Day is freedom. For the last 75 years, their love and appreciation for their liberators continues to be passed on from generation to generation.
Film: The Girl Who Wore Freedom
A new feature length documentary, The Girl Who Wore Freedom, captures stunning first-hand accounts of the French citizens living under Nazi occupation. It captures their suffering during the Allied Invasion and subsequent Battle of Normandy. It documents their joy at liberation and their undying gratitude to America. Their first-hand accounts will echo through history:
"Americans, they are our liberators. We have to thank them forever."
"In all the cemeteries, there were so many deaths to save France and all the countries occupied by Germany. Where would we be, the French, if you, the Americans hadn't come?"
"That some boys, in some cases kids, went ashore to our beaches. When you realize that you are free, that you can use your language and continue to maintain your traditions, then you realize what they have done and the sacrifices that many of them have made."
The Girl Who Wore Freedom is an unconventional love story between the people of Normandy, France and the American GI's who freed them from German occupation. It is told by those that lived it. Memories of hardship, death, heroism, and love.
Experience the profound gratitude for America's sacrifice!
Celebrate the stories of Normandy with us at the Mainstage Theater at Pheasant Run Sunday, November 17th. Veterans and civilians alike have been interviewed and the rough cut has been completed. Screenings and focus groups have been conducted across the United States and France. Your donation to participate in this screening will help shape the future of this film and provide an opportunity to bring this powerful story to more people. Will you help us meet this goal?
Our main guest of honors are the veterans who are able to attend and bring their experiences to the Q&Q. One distinguished World Word II Veteran in attendance will be Walter C. Nogulich from Niles, IL, who served in the 90th infantry on Utah Beach during the Normandy landings on D-Day. René L. Moreno, American actor best known for his role as Private Joseph Ramirez in the television mini-series Band of Brothers in 2001 will also be in attendance at this film screening for The Girl Who Wore Freedom and available for questions during the Q&A following the film.
History: St. Charles History Museum
The St. Charles History Museum will be providing a St. Charles connection to Normandy along with World War II artifacts for viewing. Founded in 1933, the St. Charles History Museum, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, has been collecting, preserving and presenting St. Charles' long and rich history through unique programming, events, exhibits and presentations. History Happens Here.
To participate in this focus group screening of the unique documentary, The Girl Who Wore Freedom, please register with your donation* today!
silent Auction: Featuring Overnight Stay at Higgins Hotel & Conference Center
Revelry meets reverence at Higgins Hotel & Conference Center, New Orleans' newest, most anticipated hotel. Located in the heart of the Arts & Warehouse District, it's a home away from home replete with World War II era-inspired guest rooms and suites, exceptional dining, and state-of-the-art meeting and event spaces. This hotel is steps away from New Orleans' #1 attraction, The National WWII Museum, featuring immersive exhibits, multimedia experiences, and an extraordinary collection of artifacts and oral histories. Learn more about Higgings Hotel & Conference Center.
An overnight stay at Higgins Hotel & Conference Center is just one of the fabulous items that will be available during the silent auction. There will be over $8,000 worth of excellent items to bid on all donated to hep support The Girl Who Wore Freedom film production.
For more than 50 years, our unique combination of onsite entertainment, recreation, delicious dining, and sprawling venues have established Pheasant Run Resort as a Midwestern treasure. St. Charles, IL is known for its close proximity to Chicago's big city perks, but with all the grace of a small town. In such spirit, our countryside property is like a city in and of itself, complete with apartment-style suites, a theater, live comedy, diverse dining options, 18 holes of golf, tennis, and swimming. Just a short drive from one of the greatest cities in the world, Pheasant Run Resort is practically a city itself, with everything you need right here.
A block of rooms has been reserved at a discounted rate of $99* per night for out-of-town guests. Book by November 10th to take advantage of this special rate.
Thank you to Al Moore and Vidtech who are donating the screen, AV services, and lighting to help make this film screening possible. Al Moore's father was a radio operator on a B-17 bomber in WW II with the ranking of Technical Sargent. He was based out of Foggia Italy for the 463rd Bomb Group, 5th Wing, 15th Air Force, the greatest flyers of their time. He was just 21 years old when he flew his final mission on April 26th, 1945.