Filmmaker to interview WWII vets

NASHUA – A filmmaker in partnership with a local funeral home hopes to interview war veterans here during the first week of December.

Larry Cappetto, creator of the “Lest They Be Forgotten” series of documentaries that feature interviews with war veterans across the nation, will be at the Davis Funeral Home at 1 Lock St. on Dec. 3 and 4.

While Cappetto’s current projects are documentaries about Holocaust survivors, soldiers who liberated the Nazi death camps and veterans who fought in the Battle of the Bulge, the Colorado filmmaker hopes to talk to any veteran of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and the Gulf War.

Cappetto is especially interested in capturing the stories of World War II veterans who now are in their 80s and 90s.

“In several more years, their stories will be gone,” he said.

Often called America’s “greatest generation,” the World War II veterans have been celebrated recently through film and memorials.

“What has been missing is to hear the story of their patriotism, sacrifice and love of country in their own words,” Cappetto said. “I purposefully sought to document and honor their remembrances and memories without editorial comment.”

Cappetto will conduct the interviews at Davis Funeral Home because he teamed up with a national association of project.

He asks veterans interested in talking with him to call his Grand Junction, Colo., studio at (970) 254 9262 or visit his Web site, www.veteranshistory.org.

Describing his six-year project as a “labor of love,” Cappetto said the first newspaper story that appeared about his project in Mesa, Ariz., opened a floodgate.

“I’ve never had a shortage of people who want to be interviewed,” he said.

Cappetto has traveled across the United States, Europe, Canada and the south Pacific interviewing more than 600 veterans during the past five years. A story about his project aired on CBS evening news and he has appeared on numerous television programs.

He plans to air his documentaries on PBS and across the nation in schools, V.A. centers and state legislatures.

The titles will also be made available to local public and private schools, libraries, museums, veteran organizations, chambers of commerce and retirement/assisted care living facilities, he said.

Patrick Meighan can be reached at 594-6518 or pmeighan@nashuatelegraph.com.