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Premiere Of New Film, Battle Of The Bulge, Set For April 11 At Virginia War Memorial

The Virginia War Memorial will premiere the film, Battle of the Bulge, Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in the Memorial’s Paul and Phyllis Galanti Education Center, 621 South Belvidere Street in Richmond.

The new film, which is the twenty-fourth film in the Memorial’s award-winning documentary series, Virginians at War, documents the struggles that Virginia veterans encountered during this last major German offensive on the Western Front in December 1944.

Admission is free and the public is encouraged to attend. As seating is limited, pre-registration is required. To register, please visit http://vawarmemorial.org/BOTB or call 804.786.2060 no later than Friday, April 5.

The premiere showing of Battle of the Bulge will include displays of World War II uniforms, letters, equipment, flags and other items. There will be a light reception following the film.  Parking is limited at the Memorial due to construction expansion but additional free parking will be available in the VHDA lot next door at 601 South Belvidere Street.

The Battle of the Bulge was the largest and bloodiest single battle fought by U.S. troops in World War II and the second deadliest battle in American military history with nearly 90,000 killed, wounded, captured or missing.  This new film includes interviews with Virginia veterans – most of whom have passed on – who give first-hand accounts of the vicious fighting and shelling encountered and the cold and snowy weather conditions.

Since the inception of the Virginians at War documentary series in 1998, the Virginia War Memorial has collected over 12,000 hours of one-on-one interviews with Virginia veterans about their experiences during World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War, Iraq, Afghanistan and the Global War on Terrorism.  These interviews are incorporated into finished films on specific historical events and subjects. These films are then distributed free of charge as teaching aids to public and private schools throughout the Commonwealth. They are also available for viewing in the Memorial’s Reynolds Theater.

About the Virginia War Memorial

The mission of the Virginia War Memorial is to Honor Veterans, Preserve History, Educate Youth and Inspire Patriotism in All. Dedicated in 1956, the Memorial includes the names of the nearly 12,000 Virginia heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice during World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf and the Global War on Terrorism. Situated on nearly five acres overlooking the James River at 621 South Belvidere Street in Richmond, the Virginia War Memorial is a division of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services and serves as an integral part of its mission in support of all Virginians who served in our military. More at www.vawarmemorial.org .

About VDVS

The Virginia Department of Veterans Services (VDVS) operates 32 benefit offices throughout the state that assist military veterans and their families in filing claims for federal veterans benefits; two long-term care facilities offering in-patient skilled nursing, Alzheimer’s/memory care, and short-term rehabilitation for veterans; and three cemeteries that provide an honored final resting place for veterans and their families. VDVS provides veterans and family members with direct linkages to services including behavioral healthcare, housing, employment, education and other programs.  The Department also operates the Virginia War Memorial, the Commonwealth’s monument to honor the memory and sacrifice of Virginia’s men and women who served and fought to defend our way of life from World War II to the present. For more information, please visit www.dvs.virginia.gov.