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Palm Springs Cultural Center to present Proud Americans: A Tribute to the 66th Anniversary of D-Day On Sunday, June 6th, 2010.

Palm Springs Cultural Center to present Proud Americans: A Tribute to the 66th Anniversary of D-Day On Sunday, June 6th, 2010.

On Sunday, June 6th, 2010, Palm Springs audiences will have the opportunity to experience a unique multimedia event commemorating the 66th anniversary of D-Day. The event, which is
being presented by the Palm Springs Cultural Center, is entitled Proud Americans: a Tribute to the 66th Anniversary of D-Day, and includes a live multi-media performance of Tom Pettit’s narrative poem, “Bedford America: First at Omaha Beach,” as well as a special World Premiere pre-release screening of “Proud American,” a film by Fred Ashman.

Local author and poet, Tom Pettit,
is particularly excited to have Bedford America performed in Palm
Springs, where he and his wife have made their home for the past thirty
five years. “We were honored when Carmel’s Authors and Ideas Festival
selected Bedford America for their 2009 Event,” Pettit said recently,
“But having it performed here in Palm Springs, and on the Sixty-sixth
anniversary of D-Day, is very special for me.”

Although only a child at the time, Pettit says he well remembers many
of the battles of World War II. “My mother came home from the theatre
after seeing a newsreel about the battle of Tarawa, and was emotionally
devastated for weeks afterward. They did not edit the footage like they
do nowadays, and that battle was particularly bloody. As children, we
were all greatly impacted by those events. I suppose that’s why much of
my writing has been inspired by those battles and the acts of heroism
and sacrifice that were so much a part of them.”

Fred Ashman
was similarly inspired to create his film, Proud American. “I started working on the concept for Proud American 14 years ago,” he said. “But I got serious about m
the film in 2002. It took some time to secure the funding make the
film, and over two years to produce it, but now, the film is complete,
and we are planning a late 2010 release. Proud American
represents a lifelong dream for me, and is a tribute to what is
positive about the USA and what binds Americans of all backgrounds
together, rather than what separates us. To have it screened as part of
this special tribute to D-Day is quite exciting.”

Seen separately, “Bedford America: First at Omaha Beach,” and “Proud American,”
remind us of what it means to be Americans, on a day that reminds us of
what we have fought for, and what we must continue fighting for. Seen
together, they offer a rare and honest look at the United States of
America, and the American people, that is at once heart wrenching and
heartwarming – painful and powerful – and most of all, amazing and

This one of a kind performance is not to be missed!

The Date: Sunday, June 6, 2010

The Location: Camelot Theatres
, 2300 E. Baristo Road, Palm Springs, CA (760) 325-6565 • http://www.camelottheatres.com

The Evening’s Schedule:
6pm - Welcome & Introduction by Author Tom Pettit
6:15pm - Bedford America: First at Omaha Beach
The Readers:
Desert Area broadcast media personalities, Patti Gribow, Patrick Evans, V.J. Hume, Ford Michaels and Mark Bragg
The Music: The Noteworthys
7pm - 7:15pm - Musical Interlude by The Noteworthys; brief Intermission
7:15pm – Screening of Proud American
9pm - 9:30pm - Q&A with Fred Ashman

The Tickets:
$15 General Admission
$12 Military Discount (Veteran or active duty),
Police and Fire (box office only, ID required)
$12 Group Discount (20 or more)

Tickets are available at the Camelot Theatres Box Office, by Phone
(1-800-595-4849 - $3.50 Service charge), or online at: www.camelottickets.com ($1.50 service charge) Group Discount code: PA20

About D-Day: On June 6th, 1944, Allied Forces began their invasion of Normandy, France. The assault was conducted in two phases - an air assault landing of 24,000 American,
British, Canadian and Free French airborne troops shortly after
midnight, and an amphibious landing of Allied infantry and armored
divisions commencing at 6:30 AM. The amphibious landing was the largest
invasion of its type in the history of the world, with over 156,000
troops landing on a 60-mile stretch of the Normandy coast. Known as
D-Day, it was a decisive Allied Victory, and a turning point in World
War II. Casualties, however, were great, with approximately 10,000
killed, wounded, missing, or captured by the end of the assault.

“Proud Americans: a Tribute to the 66th Anniversary of D-Day” is a presentation of the Palm Springs Cultural Center. The Palm Springs Cultural Center
is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which was established to
encourage the development of the cultural arts in the Coachella Valley
with a specific focus in the areas of film, fine art, live performance,
dance, music, and community festivals. The Center is dedicated to
advancing education, to nurturing community-wide participation in the
cultural arts, and to sponsoring scholarship awards for deserving


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