ESPN’s sports issues oriented program Outside the Lines aired two segments with former Red Sox legend Curt Schilling focused on Rhode Island filmmaker Tim Gray’s efforts to honor those who led the way in Normandy, France on D-Day.
Outside the Lines originated its program from the National Museum of World War II in New Orleans, LA. The program’s setting was chosen to recognize the upcoming Veterans Day holiday in the United States.
Among a few other veterans’ related topics, the program focused primarily on Major League baseball star Curt Schilling’s efforts to honor the veterans of World War II and also previewed an upcoming Band of Brothers event at the VMA in Providence, which Schilling hosted along with original veterans from Easy Company and a few of the actors from the Emmy Award-winning HBO series and noted military historian, Ron Drez.
Schilling talked with ESPN anchor Bob Ley about the Richard Winters Leadership project in Normandy, an initiative led by Tim Gray, a two-time Emmy Award-winning film producer and former sports anchor/reporter at WJAR in Providence.
The focus of the effort is a leadership monument in the village of Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, Normandy, France. The monument is a likeness of (then) 1st Lt. Richard Winters of Easy Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne and features a quote from Winters on the abilities of American soldiers to accomplish extraordinary things under combat situations.
The leadership monument in Normandy recognizes the names of all the American divisions who led the way on June 6, 1944.
Major (then a 1st Lt.) Dick Winters was commander of Easy Company on D-Day. E-Company was made famous in the book Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose and the HBO series by the same name produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg.
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