Compass College News

May 23, 2016

Student Documentary Preserving Stories of West Michigan WWII Veterans to be Telecast this Memorial Day

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (May 23, 2016)—A group of film students from Compass College of Cinematic Arts is preserving priceless local and national history through the production of their thesis documentary film, A Salute to Honor, which will air this Memorial Day, May 30 at 6 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. on WGVU-TV.

The film features three WWII veterans from West Michigan who served in the war and returned to have a profound impact on the greater Grand Rapids area. The documentary captures stories from each veteran’s life before, during, and after the war—stories that can now be shared with younger generations for years to come.

“This is a powerful story about human perseverance and making a positive difference,” said Compass College President, Keri Lowe. “Nonfiction, documentary filmmaking can be the most challenging type of storytelling. However, like the veterans they profiled, our students, some veterans themselves, persevered and went back 70 years to show how grit and persistence can defeat tyranny.”

In collaboration with the community organization, Spirit of Grand Rapids, the students hosted a premiere at Celebration Cinema. More than three hundred people attended the event, including many local WWII veterans and their families.

This Memorial Day, consider tuning into WGVU-TV at 6 p.m. or 11:30 p.m. to view a rare piece of local history. For those with holiday commitments, the film will air again on June 3 at 7:30 p.m. To learn more about Compass college of Cinematic Arts, visit www.compass.edu, or call 616-988-1000.