PLEASANT HILL — A locally produced documentary about World War II has been donated to the Oakes-Beitman Memorial Library in Pleasant Hill to commemorate Memorial Day.
Diana Spitler, from Bradford and producer of “Write When You Can,” wants Americans to understand the sacrifices made for our freedoms. Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died in military service for the United States, and World War II is the deadliest military conflict in history in terms of total casualties. Over 60 million people were killed, which was about 3 percent of the 1940 world population. Total combat deaths are from 21 to 25 million including deaths in captivity.
Have you ever wondered what it was like during World War II? Spitler feels you can now learn what it was like for a Covington family before, during, and after World War II. Through interviews and letters, you will experience life after the depression, the tragedy of war, and the people known as “the greatest generation.”
The 10-hour documentary — eight years in the making — has been aired on Piqua Public Access Television and is still airing on Greenville Public Access Channel 5. It is also available for checkout at Greenville Public Library, Garst Museum in Greenville, Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society, Miami Valley Veterans Museum in Troy, Central Ohio Military Museum in Grove City, Veterans Memorial Museum in Germantown, and Champaign Aviation Museum in Urbana.
“By watching ‘Write When You Can’ about a family’s struggle during the war, about history, about what these boys did while in the service, maybe we will come away with an appreciation for the sacrifices veterans made and our military personnel are still making to keep us free,” Spitler said.