These veterans’ stories have been preserved through the Defenders of Freedom project which recorded interviews with over 225 local veterans conducted by Gregory Peterson, co-founder and board member of the Robert H. Jackson Center. Veterans, spouses, family, & friends are encouraged to attend. The program is open to the public and offered free of charge through sponsorship of the Robert H. Jackson Center, Fenton History Center, the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, and the Chautauqua County Veterans Service Agency.
The presentation uses filmed veteran interviews and archival footage to provide a vivid portrayal of the veterans’ experiences. The six veterans were selected by Phil Zimmer, who assisted with the “Defenders of Freedom” project. He is a veteran and local historian who has written extensively on WWII for numerous publications.