Patriots coach Bill Belichick has been chosen to tell the story of one of the most important battles in history.
Belichick will narrate a new documentary, “D-Day: Over Normandy,” that will air on PBS stations around the U.S. this spring.
Produced by the Rhode Island-based World War II Foundation & Tim Gray Media, the one-hour documentary will mix drone and helicopter footage of the battle sites, archival footage, animations and interviews of surviving participants to tell the story of the battle that turned the tide in World War II in 1944.
World War II Foundation chairman and film producer Tim Gray said Belichick has been a longtime supporter of his organization’s mission.
“First and foremost, Bill Belichick has been an active supporter of the World War II Foundation since we produced the first of our films in 2006,” Gray said, in a media release. “Coach Belichick understands our mission because he is a student of military history and is very proud of the service of his own father Steve, who served in both Europe and the Pacific in World War II.”
Belichick said that growing up in a military family taught him the value of discipline and teamwork.
“Growing up in Annapolis, Maryland, where my father coached football at the United States Naval Academy, I understand the importance of preserving the memory of those who served our nation during World War II,” Belichick said in the release. “Every day of my childhood, I was immersed in the tradition of the United States Navy. I was, and remain, inspired by their discipline, teamwork and courage, especially the sailors who fought on D-Day and in the Pacific theater, where the U.S. Pacific Fleet sacrificed so much for ultimate victory.
“The Navy, Army, Air Force and Marines made one heck of a team in World War II.”