On Veteran’s Day, 2011, a dozen veterans gathered at Roosters Men’s Grooming Center in Colorado Springs to share their experiences serving our country during times of war. One year later, this Sunday, November 11, 2012, Rocky Mountain PBS will air the one-hour documentary produced from those interviews. It will be on PBS stations across Colorado at 7:00 p.m., prior to the National Salute to Veterans hosted by award-winning actor Gary Sinise, well known for his role in the movie Forrest Gump.
Roosters Remembers — The Veterans Video Project was directed by Colorado filmmaker Steve Mack and produced by Kevan Worley, owner of Colorado Springs’ Roosters Men’s Grooming Center. The video honors those who served and helps raise awareness and money for the Mountain Post Historical Center to be built outside Ft. Carson Gate 1.
“This project has truly been a labor of love. We are profoundly honored by this opportunity to work with an award-winning filmmaker to show these personal stories of heroism,” says Worley.
World War II Veterans (Jim Walker and Bruce Morrell, above) featured in the video served at Pearl Harbor; in the 10th Mountain Division at Riva Ridge; Battle of the Bulge in the Pacific; and at home.One of the veterans is a female British intelligence officer who was responsible for gathering and evaluating German communications. Another was in the first basic training class of the Women’s Army Corp.
Vietnam veterans in the video tell their stories of combat while serving as: an Army helicopter pilot (COL Denny Cripps, Retired, at right), an Air Force fighter pilot and a Navy fighter pilot who was shot down over Vietnam and spent almost six years in prison camps. Veterans also recount the days when tension between Western allies and the Soviet Bloc dramatized the fear of nuclear tension felt by a nation in the grip of the Cold War.
Roosters Remembers — The Veterans Video Project first premiered in April 2012 at Stargazers Theater and Event Center. Proceeds from the sale of the video support the effort to construct the permanent facility for the Mountain Post Historical Center. The video is available at Roosters Men’s Grooming Center at 1466 W Garden of the Gods Road and through the Mountain Post Historical Center website. http://mountainposthistoricalcenter.org/roosters-remember-dvd