[Edit: I'll be with the group for most of the next week. If anyone wants, I can do a daily call for questions reminder post, unless that's a tad bit annoying.] I'm in the process of procrastinating/getting ready to head off to a WWII battalion's yearly reunion. While I'll primarily be there as a second photographer, I'm also the granddaughter of a vet that previously attended this particular group's gathering.
I grew up with my grandfather telling hilarious stories of his time during the war, but as I grew older, I realized that the war probably wasn't as funny fun times as Grandpa made it out to be. Eventually, I started asking him to tell me more detailed day-in-the-lifes. I learned more from him and the buddies of his that were around than I did from the history books by far. (Let's be honest. None of us really remember what those textbooks were talking about. But the time my Grandpa got lost flying over Germany while the Germans were chasing them? I'm totally going to remember that.)
So after a couple of years of tracking down and going to these reunions, it occurred to some of us to record the stories and experiences these men and women were sharing. (Frankly, several of us panicked because this generation is dying, quickly, and their history with them. There really are some things you can't find on the internet.)
The people that attend are couples that met before the war, couples that met after, a few that met during. Widows and widowers. Children that were born during or not long after. Grandchildren. All these variances are stories to be told that I am privileged to be able to capture with video, audio, and stills every year.
Last year I got to speak to a gentleman that was able to tell me what the sand of the Normandy Invasion felt like. Another gentleman, a German, told the story of how he struggled in choosing who to fight for - Hitler or the good guys - and how he accomplished that. I learned about the laundry boys of Stornara, how they were essential to camp life, and how, during a visit decades later by the vets to their old base, the grown up laundry boys recognized the group of veterans. (How cool is that to remember someone you met as a young child or teenager 50 years ago?)
The point of this comes from a posting someone made about profiting off of tragedy and a side comment about us wondering what the advertising was like during and after WWII.
So. Is there anything anyone is curious about that you want me to ask?