Local kids interview 'The Greatest Generation'

NORWICH – Two Chenango County high school students’ interviews of local World War II veterans will appear in between segments of an upcoming 15-hour film documentary premiering Sept. 23 on WSKG television.

Norwich High School Junior Alexis Blatcher and Oxford Academy Junior Craig Champion were selected by their respective history teachers to participate in the project last spring. The film, titled “The War,” co-produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, is an epic that focuses on the stories of citizens from four geographically distributed American towns that are designed to represent any town in the United States that went through the war’s four devastating years.

Six years in the making, “The War” focuses on the stories of citizens from these communities who take the viewer through their own personal and harrowing journeys into war. Their stories paint a portrait of how the war altered their lives and those of their neighbors, as well as the country they helped to save for generations to come.

A grant received from the National Center of Outreach enabled WSKG with the resources to produce the local content. Eleven local high school students from throughout the Southern Tier conducted interviews with local veterans and others affected. WSKG’s Director of Television Production and Programing, Brian Frey, also conducted interviews locally that will be aired around the broadcast.

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