News Release

Wednesday , April 29, 2009

California Historical Group stands at attention at
The American Legon Post 43 film premiere

The Stars of the World’s Largest Production Are Spotlighted
 in Premiere of The Americans on D-Day
Film In Hollywood
Director Richard D. Lanni Kicks off the 65th Anniversary USA Tour in Hollywood and New York 
with American Legion Post 43 in Hollywood and an encore on
WOR Radio Wednesday Night
   New York, NY / Los Angeles, CA, April 29, 2009  Hollywood’s American Legion Post 43 rolled out the red 
carpet this week for the stars of the world’s largest production – a film on the invasion of Normandy, 
“The Americans On D-Day.” Just under  100 people, mostly veterans, gathered at the 80-year old building in 
Hollywood to see the debut of a first of its kind film, now available on DVD Online (see details below).
Film Director Richard D. Lanni, who returns to New York today (Wednesday) to appear on the Joey Reynolds Show, 
AM, New York, (10:00 PM EST) told the Hollywood American Legion audience, “I am honored to be here in
America to salute U.S. soldiers on this 65th anniversary and to show our film that captures an accurate and powerful
illustration of D-Day.”
“It’s great to see friends and veterans of the world’s most intense and largest production,” said Morton (Mort) Schecter, 
Northridge, CA, who brought his son, and nine-year old grandson, who led the mostly veteran attended ceremony in the
flag salute and pledge of allegiance.
“When we flew over the English Channel, there were a million ships in the water, and I have yet to meet any of those 
guys who were on those ships,” said 85-year old retired U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Schecter, Northridge, CA,
who flew as a United States Army Air Corps tail gunner in a B-24 Liberator warplane, the most produced U.S.
military aircraft during World War II. He was assigned to the 467th Bomb Crew and 791st Bomb Squadron in
“I’m lucky to still be here, because and the second day we had to abort our mission, and ended up crash landing in a field
with six 1,000 pound bombs onboard,” he said. Schecter said he had an angel on his shoulder that day, and still has his
list of the missions he flew.
 Schecter, who flew 35 missions out of
England, is amongst the American Veteran heroes attending the premiere.
He was assigned to the same division as Actor Jimmy Stewart.
“Actor Jimmy Stewart was in our division, and he flew
28 missions. He entered the service as a buck private and when he died he was a General,” he said. “He used to visit
veterans hospitals and the American Legion often.”
Also attending from Europe and the UK were film star Ellwood von Seibold, who has spent the last five years giving 
tours in
Normandy. "D-Day became a focus point of my interest in life, and I decided to live a dream and move to
France and take people all around these areas," explained Seibold. "And the producer and director of WW2-Reflections
said 'why don't we put one of your tours on film in
"The Americans On D-Day provides an exciting insight into one of the most pivotal events of the 20th century," said 
Captain Dye, was a drilled sergeant in
Vietnam and told the crowd “I don’t need a microphone. I'm really proud to
have a hand in this effort and film that provides a foxhole-level view of what happened in
Normandy on June 6, 1944."
"I've seen a lot of tour videos that purport to give viewers an insight into what gallant Americans endured and accomplished 
on D-Day, but this one really hits the mark. The Americans On D-Day provides a stirring, GI-level look at one of the most
momentous battles of World War II," explained Dye.
After the viewing several veterans including surviving Normandy vets were speechless and had tears in their eyes after 
seeing the film. “I lost a lot of friends and would rather not talk about it," said one WW II Vet of the 81st Airborne, as
he exited the building.

"2,000 D-Day Soldiers are dying at an alarming rate each month," Producer Richard Lanni told
WOR AM News Talk Radio Host Joey Reynolds
during his first visit earlier this month. Tonight he plans to share his
tour of duty, which included new veteran interviews, museum visits and reactions from veterans from New Orleans to
Los Angeles wrapping up his one month media and
fact-finding tour in America.


WOR's Historian Albert Wunsch, and Producer Myra Chanin will join Lanni to talk about the making of the film, which
is a first of a series on this 65th Anniversary year of D-Day in
Normandy. The European film premiere is set for May 7th,
, France
and it is the film debut of the French language version of The Americans on D-Day.

 It is WW2-Reflections’ first tour film for its parent company, Labyrinth Media & Publishing Ltd. of Dublin, Ireland. 
Labyrinth specializes in WW II battlefield tour DVDS for the U.S. Market.  The film is now on sale at the official
 Other veterans attending the event were Earl Norwood and Howard Manoian. Manoian will be honored by the
French Government in
Normandy on June 6, 2009, the 65
th anniversary of D-Day. 
The Hollywood premiere also featured reenactment of WW II soldiers and paratroopers from the National 
Historical Society and Gina Elise, the Pin-Up For Vets nonprofit Calendar Girl.
Elise, nicknamed
"The Betty Grable of a new generation" and "The Calendar Angel" sold her T-Shirts and Calendars at
American Legion Hall to raise funds. Elise, who has donated $20,000 to aid veteran hospital patients, has received
numerous community awards for her volunteer work. “I want to raise $20,000 for veterans this year,” said Elise, who
has made countless personal visits to ill and injured veterans in hospitals and facilities across the country. She was
featured on Fox News last January.

[Editor's note: To obtain a media preview copy of The Americans on D-Day or for media interviews in New
York contact Aida Mayo or George Mc Quade, call 818-340-5300, or email:
 or visit:  Lanni will be in New York until May 1st, 5:00 PM. Please call to
arrange for media interviews.)  
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