‘Lest They Be forgotten’
Grand Junction documentary filmmaker and author Larry Cappetto has spent the past decade listening to the stories of those who have served in many of America’s wars. They are personal stories of how war changed people with the veterans talking about what they went through.
“I found an open door into the lives of these people — some of whom had never told their stories before,” Cappetto said. “Burdens are lifted.”
One veteran recently told Cappetto that he had “helped him cleanse his soul.”
Cappetto’s award-winning documentary series “Lest They Be Forgotten” has appeared on public television. He’s appeared on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric and other national news programs.
Cappetto will be the keynote speaker Nov. 8 at the All Services Military Ball, an annual event in Grand Junction to honor military veterans, law enforcement personnel and first responders.
In making his documentaries, Cappetto has interviewed more than a 1,000 veterans, including World War II, Korean, Vietnam, Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan, in making his documentaries.
Two of his film projects, “Beyond the Badge” and “9/11 Remembered — A Day of Infamy,” focus on law enforcement and first responders.
During his speech next week, Cappetto will talk about his work traveling across America for the past 10 years interviewing veterans, and speaking at schools, military bases, churches and other venues.
Cappetto visited Washington, D.C., where he interviewed Vietnam war veterans, 250 of whom were there to visit the Vietnam War Memorial. Cappetto recently completed a film about their trip to the wall.
His latest film, “Capturing Courage on Camera — A Journey of Honor,” is Cappetto’s own story, a memoir so to speak, of documenting the veterans’ stories on film.
“This is a very reflective look of my work. I’m a guardian of these stories,” he said. “It’s been an honor to serve my country through the lens of a camera.”
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