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Lompoc Museum WW1 Documentary Film Screening
November 11, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Lompoc Museum will honor our country’s World War I veterans with a full afternoon of events this Veterans Day. This is the final scheduled event in our two years of programming dedicated to honoring the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I.
The day’s events include an optional catered lunch, the presentation of a unique WWI artifact, free film screening of the award-winning WWI documentary directed by Peter Jackson, “They Shall Not Grow Old”, and a last chance to view the special exhibit, “Lompoc Goes to War”.
The optional hot lunch at noon features thinly sliced tri-tip sliders on freshly baked brioche buns, Lompoc pinquito ranch- style beans, and a fresh green salad. The lunch is limited to 24 persons. Prepaid reservations of $20 per person are required by November 8 to reserve your place. Contact the Museum at 805-736-3888 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A special presentation of a World War I artifact will be made at 2 pm. The artifact, to be donated to the Lompoc Museum, by Lawrence T. Vazquez, is a WWI German Officer’s flask (photo attached). The flask was given to the donor’s grandfather by a German officer during Armistice Day ceremonies on November 11, 1918. The donor’s grandfather was a US Army Sgt. who lost his leg during the “Great War”. This artifact will become part of the Lompoc Museum’s permanent World War I Monument exhibit.
The film, “They Shall Not Grow Old” (photo attached), directed by Peter Jackson of “Lord of the Rings” fame, won the prestigious (British) BAFTA Award for Best Documentary. Jackson took hundreds of hours of WWI footage held by the Imperial War Museum and created this powerful 99-minute film/documentary. Using modern cinematic techniques to colorize, enhance, and even modify the speed of the footage is only part of the amazing transformation. Jackson also hired lip-readers and regional voice actors to add sound to the silent footage. It all works together to make you feel like you are an eyewitness to this amazing and tragic part of history. The free film screening will begin at 2 pm at Stone Pine Hall.