Group Presentations

As part of its outreach efforts, WSRE staff will offer private screenings of this landmark series to Gulf Coast area groups such as service organizations, historical societies, civic groups and more.

Please contact Jill Hubbs at, (850) 484-1236 or 1-800-239-WSRE if you are interested in having a screening and presentation at your organization (you must provide audio/visual equipment). WSRE staff will show your audience a video preview of the series, moderate discussions, and provide information on how to submit a family's World War II stories to WSRE or the Library of Congress' Veterans History Project.

For more information on group presentation or screenings, please call (850) 484-1236, 1-800-239-WSRE or e-mail


View the images from the lastest Veterans History Project.


WSRE held a screening preview of various segments from the Ken Burns’ documentary, The War, along with WSRE’s two documentaries, Khaki Coast: How the Panhandle Helped Win WWII and Gulf Coast War Memories. The event was attended by WWII veterans and their families, citizens who lived through the experience of WWII on the home front, educators, students and many of WSRE’s loyal viewers.

Featured speakers included Hill Goodspeed, Historian from the National Museum of Naval Aviation, and Col. Glenn Frazier, a WWII POW held captive in Japan for three and a half years and a survivor of the Bataan Death March. Frazier, a native from Mobile, appears in the opening scene of Ken Burns’ documentary The War. Frazier shared how he lied about his age and joined the Army at age 16, as well as some of his experiences during WWII.

The event opened with a presentation of colors by the Naval Aviation Technical Training Center and the Pensacola High School Air Force ROTC. Musical entertainment included the Pace High Eagle Brass as well as the Naval Aviation Vocal Team from the Naval Aviation Technical Training Center. Marilyn Franklin, Assistant Minister of Music at Zion Hope Baptist Church, sang a beautiful rendition of the national anthem.

The local WWII veterans who were featured in WSRE's local documentaries were asked to stand and be recognized, as well as all WWII veterans and those serving in the military today. The guests who attended were impressed by the local documentaries as well as the segments of Ken Burns' documentary. Tears were shed by many in the audience who were touched by the personal stories shared on the screen, as well as moved by the graphic archival footage that demonstrates the true cost of war and freedom.

The event ended with a tribute to those who served during WWII and those who gave their lives during the war, as well as those who served and since died. An "Honor Roll" of names submitted by WSRE's viewers was scrolled on the screen, accompanied by the theme song for Ken Burns' documentary - "American Anthem," sung by Norah Jones.


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Pace High Eagle Brass
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Color Guard from NATTC (Naval Air Technical Training Center)
and Pensacola High School Air Force ROTCImage of Screening Event
NATTC Naval Aviation Vocal Team performs
"God Bless the USA" and "America The Beautiful".
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Marilyn Franklin, Assistant Minister of Music at
Zion Hope Baptist Church, sings the national anthem.Image of Screening Event
Hill Goodspeed, Historian, National Museum of
Naval Aviation, speaks about the impact of WWII.
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WWII veterans and their guests
attended the screening event.
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Col Glenn Frazier, WWII POW, appears
in the documentary film, The War.
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Former WWII POW Col. Glen Frazier meets
members of the NATTC Naval Aviation Vocal Team.Image of Screening Event
WWII veterans Juergen Ihns, pilot in the Brazilian Air Force,
and Ron Yeakle, former POW and pilot in the Army Air Corps,
discuss their war experiences.
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Former WWII Air Warning Service Observer
Bob Blackington and Marilyn Franklin discuss World War II.

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Wilma Payne, Pearl Harbor survivor John Rutledge, and Jill Hubbs

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WWII veterans were asked to stand and be recognized.