BEDFORD, Va. (WFXR) — The National D-Day Memorial in Bedford is hosting the American premiere of a new documentary that will tell the stories of three men that paid the ultimate sacrifice.
“They Won’t Die Twice,” tells the story of Sergeant Walter Geldon, Captain Ned Elder, and Private First Class Leo Balon. The film highlights their lives from before landing on the beach at Omaha, to the families they left behind to uphold their legacies.
“As we approach the 80th anniversary of the allied landings at Normandy, the catalyst for freedom in western Europe during WWII, sadly the veterans who participated and french civilians who witnessed this pivotal moment in world history will soon be gone. Through interviews with loved ones and historians chronicling the stories of these three brave men, the legacies of all will endure.”— National D-Day Memorial
“They Won’t Die Twice,” is produced by Florent Plana and Jenny Post who met at the D-Day Memorial in 2015 and married shortly after.
Florent Plana is from France and has always had a deep passion for the history of WWII, so much so that he has interviewed more than 1,000 WWII veterans.
Jenny Post grew up in the community that suffered the highest-known, per capita D-Day loss of any American hometown — according to the National D-Day Memorial. This town is the small town of Bedford Virginia. It was there she volunteered and worked for more than 7 years at the memorial.
After they married Post and Plana moved to France and now they currently reside in Normandy. There they operate World War II Veterans’ Memories, a tour company.
The American premiere of “They Won’t Die Twice” will be held on October 8 and 9 at 2 p.m. Tickets for the event are available now on the National D-Day Memorial’s Website. The memorial recommends purchasing tickets in advance as seating is limited inside the Bobbie G. Johnson Pavilion.
After the film, the memorial invites audience members to participate in an in-person discussion with the producers, Florent Plana and Jenny Post.