By Chris Stigall
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Chris Stigall spoke with Filmmakers Britt Rawcliffe and Rachel Marie Smith about their project, Normandy: A World Apart. The film will be a documentary about World War II veteran Harry Snyder’s trip back to Omaha Beach in Normandy, France for the first time since June of 1944. They are trying to raise $20,000 to complete the movie on Indiegogo.
Rawcliffe said she has been motivated to make this a reality for a long time.
“I come from military family. My grandfather served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam and I grew up listening to his stories and seeing his pictures. It’s always been something really close to my heart. So when it came time that I was going to make a film it only seemed right to do it about veterans and make sure they are honored.”
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She stated it is important to make a movie focusing on the Normandy invasion because more and more World War II veterans are passing away every year.
“This summer is the 70th anniversary and, quite frankly, we don’t know how much longer they are going to last and we want to do it while they are still alive and able to tell their stories.”
Rawcliffe explained the film will center on Snyder’s first trip back to France since coming home from the war.
“We’re trying to bring him back to Normandy so he can give us a living history tour. We’ve never been there; he hasn’t been back in 70 years, so it’s going to be a real exciting journey. We just want to make this so future generations, our kids, their kids and the families of these veterans have something to remember their loved ones by,” she commented.
They will also be holding a dinner and fundraiser for the project at the VFW Hall in Willow Grove this Friday, May 30, at 7 p.m.
For more information, visit aworldapartmovie.com.