D-DAY 3-D: NORMANDY 1944 STARTS FRIDAY AT THE PATRIOT PARK IMAX
I’ll tell you what I thought of the film, but first, here’s what 93-year-old Charles Maupin of Columbus, who was a 23-year-old 29th Division radio operator who landed on D-Day plus 1, had to say about it.
“I thought it was real good. The only thing missing was the actual combat footage. That might have been too grewsome for most people. People ought to know, though, what those guys went through, those guys that landed first…Those guys showed determination and courage.”
He said that when he landed there were row upon rows of bodies on the beach, covered with ponchos.
He is very concerned that today’s young people have no understanding of what service to country means. He said, “All young people should serve their country in some capacity to get an appreciation of their country and what that country stands for. Too many young people today don’t know and don’t care. I think it’s sad. We’re losing our freedom.”
I would go a little further than “good.” I would say it is an extraordinary, visually stunning documentary. Broadcast journalist and historian Tom Brokaw, the film’s narrator says “What I was drawn to in this film is that it tells us the story of D-Day in a new way that gives such clarity to one of the most important events in the history mankind.”
Charles is also on target in being concerned that young people “don’t know and don’t care.” We have to ask, though, whose fault is that? Parents? Teachers? Our education system? Perhaps it’s time to start emphasizing the importance of history in our schools again.
Since this movie uses the latest techniques in movie making, using animation, CGI, and live-action images, and since it is quite immersive on an IMAX screen, and has a wonderful musical score played by the London symphony orchestra, I would think it would have a high impact on today’s young people.
In my view, every 9th grade high school student within a hundred miles of the Patriot Park IMAX should be bussed to the National Infantry Museum to see it. It’s a very effective history lesson.