GREENBURGH, N.Y. - Greenburgh's public access television channel is airing non-stop interviews with nearly 100 U.S. military veterans through Monday as the town celebrates Memorial Day.
The interviews capture the poignant and often tearful reflections of World War II by the Greenburgh residents, some of whom have passed away since filming of the interviews began four years ago.
Alan Hochberg and Steve Wittenberg headed up the project to capture the stories of local veterans in the interviews which took nearly four years to compile. The work can be seen on Verizon channel 35 and Cablevision 75.
Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner said the interviews focus on veterans who served during World War II and the Korean conflict and that the goal was to create a section in the Greenburgh Town Library where the videos would be stored for use by our residents as well as reaching out to the public schools.
The interview reveal personal accounts of the veterans' service and are sprinkled with war footage. "I had hoped to have this material used as a teaching tool for our students," Feiner said. "The hardships these men and women of Greenburgh suffered was extraordinary. They truly were the Greatest Generation."
A 30 minute movie was made about the Greenburgh veterans by the town and presented to local schools. "The children who viewed this film found the material very interesting and moving," Feiner said. "This made history real. Alan Hochberg and I spoke at the Greenville School in Edgemont and the Bailey School in Fairview. We salute all the military veterans residing in (Greenburgh) and its villages for they truly understood what it means to sacrifice for the common good."
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