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.