Special Screenings Of D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944 To Be Shown At IMAX Theatre

70th Anniversary Event To Support The National Medal Of Honor Museum

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - by Thom Benson

On June 6, 1944, The largest Allied operation of World War II began in Normandy, France. Yet, few know in detail exactly why and how, from the end of 1943 through August 1944, this region became the most important location in the world. Now, a new documentary film, D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944, invites audiences to step back in time to fully appreciate the daunting challenges and epic sacrifices that changed the course of history.

Narrated by renowned journalist and author Tom Brokaw, D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944 pays tribute to those who gave their lives for our freedom.  “What I was drawn to in this film is that it tells us the story of D-Day in a new way that gives such clarity to one of the most important events in the history of mankind,” said Mr. Brokaw. “I originally thought this was going to be another traditional documentary featuring grainy black & white footage, but as soon as I saw the first minutes of this film on the giant screen in 3D, I found it irresistible.”

“We wanted to make a film to pay tribute to the millions of men and women, soldiers and civilians, who gave their lives for our freedom 70 years ago. Regardless of nationality, virtually everyone today has a parent, grandparent or even a great-grandparent with a connection to World War II,” explained writer and director, Pascal Vuong. “I thought for a long time about how to produce a large format documentary on this subject, and finally found my own way of telling this complex story to family audiences using a brand-new ‘cocktail,’ mixing innovative film techniques.”

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of this historic event and to honor area veterans, special screenings of D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944 will be offered at the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater June 6, 7 and 8 at noon and 2 p.m. Proceeds from the June 6 screenings will help support the National Medal of Honor Museum of Military History in Chattanooga. “We appreciate the opportunity to partner with the Aquarium on the 70th anniversary of D-Day,” said Jim Wade, executive director of the National Medal of Honor Museum of Military History. “This film complements our core mission to honor those who made extraordinary sacrifices for our freedom and to educate current and future generations about those sacrifices.”

On June 6, General B.B. Bell will introduce the Noon screening of D-Day 3D and recognize Charles Coolidge, who will attend the premiere event with family members. Coolidge, a Signal Mountain resident, was awarded the Medal of Honor after his heroic and superior leadership on a battlefield in France on  October 24-27,1944. The Museum will also display military artifacts at the IMAX Theater along with the Medal of Honor citations for the 12 recipients of the Normandy Invasion. According to Mr. Wade, four recipients earned their decorations on D-Day.

Purchase tickets online for the D-Day 70th Anniversary screening event on June 6 at noon at https://community.tnaqua.org/D-Day-3D-Normandy-1944.

In honor of area veterans, Republic Parking will provide up to three hours of free parking (in the CARTA North Garage on 3rd Street between Chestnut and Broad) for veterans who attend the Noon screening of D-Day 3D on June 6. Attendees should bring their parking stub to IMAX for validation.

For more information about D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944, visit the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater website: http://www.tnaqua.org/IMAX/d-day

National Medal of Honor Museum of Military History: http://mohm.org



A Gathering Like No Other

In the 25 years since its signature glass peaks rose above the banks of the Tennessee River, the Tennessee Aquarium has served as the epicenter of Chattanooga’s downtown renaissance.  Since opening on May 1, 1992, more than 22 million people from all over the world have visited the Aquarium, fueling billions of dollars in economic impact. Even as it established itself and ... (click for more)

3rd Annual Tennessee Medieval Faire Begins May 13

Darkhorse Entertainment, LLC invites you to go back in time and get medieval at the third annual Tennessee Medieval Faire.  The festival is located in Harriman near I-40 just 30 miles west of Turkey Creek.  This rugged outdoor festival will come to life on May 13 and run the last three weekends in May, including Memorial Day.   “Our Medieval Faire is a theatrical ... (click for more)

State Says "Beef" Between 2 Bloods Gangs Started Over A Female And Led Eventually To Shootings At College Hill Courts

The state presented testimony on Monday about a feud between two Bloods gangs that allegedly eventually led to a 16-year-old shooting up a unit at College Hill Courts - killing one woman, injuring another, leaving a child paralyzed and injuring a member of the other Bloods gang. A city police gang expert said the bitter rift between the Athens Park Bloods based on the Southside ... (click for more)

Search On For Chad Cook, Missing Since Early Monday Morning After Going Dirt Bike Riding On Walden's Ridge

Walden's Ridge Emergency Services has been assisting the Sequatchie County Sheriff's Office searching for a missing person from Hamilton County since 10:30 a.m. Monday. Chad Cook, 38, was last heard from by family members at 2 a.m. Monday. Family members reported to Sequatchie County Sheriff's Office personnel around 2 a.m. that he, along with two males and one female, were ... (click for more)

Slaxxon Regret - And Response

Back in the seventies my three oldest brothers had a buddy named Steve Slack. “Slack” was a star soccer player at Baylor and he grew up on Lookout Mountain, which is where I grew up. He and Jimmy, Henry and Bill went to the University of Virginia where they were roommates in an old, beat up house that was painted pink. Naturally, the place became known as the “Pink Palace” but lest ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Oh Yes, I Loved West

One of my most beloved friends died early Saturday morning at the age of 67. Then again, West Oehmig’s only brother – King – died a couple of years ago at 63 so it wasn’t by happenstance I remembered Abraham Lincoln’s famous line: “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.” Here are two brothers who lived larger than any other pair I can ... (click for more)