is a documentary film considering
the experience of WWII veterans returning to Normandy
for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
I spent most of June 2014 traveling with a group
of American veterans from the 29th Infantry Division,
as they retraced the route they took
as young soldiers during the invasion.
My late great grandfather,
Sgt. Parker Davie Hanna Jr.,
belonged to the same division as these men, and so I was also following the path he took.
After the group of veterans returned to the United States
I remained in France, staying at the home of a French woman
who had experienced the invasion as a child.
I spent my days visiting the sunken roads and foxholes that still remain from WWII,
interviewing her about her childhood memories of the war and archiving
a collection of postcards between her father and grandfather from WWI.
This film will be an exploration of memory, intergenerational relationships,
and the human desire to commemorate.
Most importantly it will be a record of the voices of a fading generation.