4,889 Individuals

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It’s hard for me to believe that the debut of Ken Burns new film, THE WAR, is actually here.  THE WAR debuts nationwide on Sunday, September 23.  At Channel 9, we’ve been planning and doing this work around WWII for many, many months.   We’ve all been profoundly moved by the conversations we’re having with the community–it’s as if the Channel 9 family has grown much larger as a result of sharing these stories of WWII.  

One of our proudest efforts has been to document the names of all the service men and women from our region who died in service to their country during WWII.  This list includes the names from all branches of the military including the Coast Guard and Merchant Marine.  This list has never been before compiled from our region.  It is hugely powerful to see these 4,889 names and realize all of these brave individuals were just that–individuals with families and hopes and dreams.  Channel 9 has created a living memorial to these individuals with In Honor of St. Louis Fallen:  1941-1945, a one hour production that will air on Saturday, September 22 at 8:30 pm.  This memorial also includes local images and audio interviews that we’ve collected through Your Stories:  St. Louis Remembers World War II.  I think it’s going to be very moving and I hope that you’re as moved as all of us are by these stories.

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One Response to “4,889 Individuals”

  1. Kate Shaw Says:

    Until it went into production, the list of names was a 2-inch stack of papers that Dale carried with her wherever she went. I remember seeing this stack for the first time at one of our meetings and I was kind of stunned by the significance of it. I went through the names then and found some of the friends and family members mentioned by people I had interviewed. It made all of the talk of death very, very real. I am so glad that we are paying tribute to these folks who are still so vividly remembered so many years later…I will be watching Saturday night for the same reason, with my heart going out to all of the people who lost someone in WWII.

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