Local author James Diehl and Watermark Productions are pleased to announce that “Vanishing Voices of World War II; Southern Delaware’s Humble Heroes,” an hour-long documentary featuring many of Sussex County’s brave World War II veterans, will be featured at the Delaware Hospice Center on Monday, March 14. Two showings of the historic film will be presented, the first at 10:30 a.m., with a second screening following at 5:30 p.m. The Delaware Hospice Center is located at 100 Patriots Way in Milford, next to the Delaware Veteran’s Home.
“We are very excited to show this important documentary to our community, healthcare professionals and our staff,” says Sandy Farrell, Delaware Hospice’s Director of Communications. “This is a film that is really a must see, and we hope to welcome everyone here to Milford on March 14.”
Following the film, attendees will also have an opportunity to tour the Delaware Hospice Center and learn more about Delaware Hospice services and unique programs.
Delaware Hospice has proudly served veterans since its founding in 1982; and in recent years has worked in cooperation with national and local veterans organizations to recognize the special needs of veterans and improve the quality of end-of-life care.
In 2009 and 2010, Delaware Hospice was awarded a National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s “Reaching Out” grant to help meet the needs of rural and homeless veterans. The organization is also a national partner of “We Honor Veterans,” an NHPCO and Department of Veterans Affairs’ campaign that focuses on best practices for providing end-of-life care to veterans.
“I am very honored that an organization like Delaware Hospice, which does such great things for our area and for our veterans, has asked me to be a part of this special day in Milford,” says Diehl, a native Sussex Countian. “I hope many people will come out on the 14th and join us in paying tribute to these special men and women before it’s too late.”
“Vanishing Voices of World War II; Southern Delaware’s Humble Heroes” features two dozen of the 100 veterans included in Diehl’s two books, “World War II Heroes of Southern Delaware,” released in 2009, and “World War II Heroes of Coastal Delaware,” scheduled for release later this year.
It is narrated by Tom Carper, Delaware’s senior United States Senator, and is released through a partnership between Diehl and Milford-based Watermark Productions.
Told from the perspective of men, and one woman, who served our country during World War II and today call Sussex County home, “Vanishing Voices” will allow our veterans’ stories to be preserved forever. From Pearl Harbor, to Iwo Jima, D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge, among many other parts of the war, they are told with passion and an enormous amount of pride in the United States of America.
A two-and-a-half minute video trailer of the documentary can be viewed by visiting Diehl’s website, www.ww2-heroes.com. The site also features brief bios of the first 50 World War II veterans, several of whom have already passed on, as well as much more information about southern Delaware’s humble heroes of World War II.
To learn more about Diehl’s ongoing project honoring Sussex County’s World War II veterans, visit www.ww2-heroes.com.
Due to limited space, advance registration is required for both free shows on March 14. Interested members of the public can register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 856-7717, extension 5121.