|Echoes of War: Stories from
the Big Red One, a digital media experience presented
by WIPB-TV and Ball State University will debut
in September on WFYI TV 20. More than just a television
program, the project involves a live, interactive
educational program and companion Web site.
Focusing on the famed 1st Infantry Division
of the United States Army, also known as the
Big Red One, the project will bring to life the
misery, heroics and humanity of World War II
as told by veterans who witnessed them first
Members of the Big Red One led the way for American
troops during World War I in 1917, were the first
to land on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day in
World War II, were the first division called
to fight in Vietnam and the first to lead the
charge into Iraq.
At the heart of the program will be an hour-long
live broadcast from the First Infantry Division
Museum at Cantigny in Wheaton, Illinois. During
the broadcast viewers can call or e-mail with
questions that will be answered or discussed
by the WWII veterans, Ball State University historians,
or curators of the 1st Infantry Division Museum.
During the broadcast and up to two weeks following
the broadcast, the Web site will feature an online
bank of experts who will answer questions in
our discussion forum.
The First Infantry Division Museum is located
on the estate of the late Colonel Robert R. McCormick,
a commander in the First Division. Officially
opened in 1960, the Museum houses countless war
artifacts, as well as state of the art interactive
and experiential exhibits.
The digital media experience will have an introduction
and closing comments by Ken Burns, award-winning
producer and director of the epic World War II
documentary The War.
Echoes of War will air on the heels of the September
23 PBS debut of The War.
Schools and educators can register online for
free to access lesson plans, student activities
and resources relating to the live program. After Echoes
of War airs, the show will be archived
and additional video modules will be posted in
order to continue the interactive learning experience.
For more information on Echoes of War, visit