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Documentary showcases the lives of veterans

The Kansas Aviation Museum is hosting a showing of “V-Day 11.11.11.”

The documentary about veterans from all eras is open to the public, but reservations are required. The showing will be at 7:30 Oct. 4 at the museum, 3350 S. George Washington Ave.

Reservations can be made by calling 316-683-9242 or toll free 877-683-9242. The event is free, but donations are encouraged. Proceeds will go toward maintaining local veterans memorials.

Special screenings of the documentary are being shown throughout the nation. The documentary will also be released to PBS stations later this fall.

The documentary is based on the stories of veterans of all ages, gender and branches of military in their communities across the nation on Nov. 11, 2011, Veterans Day. A volunteer force of reporters, photojournalists and filmmakers donated their time to the project. The stories were then woven together to document the experiences of veterans across the nation. One of those stories includes Darrell and Kathy Rusk, parents of Marine PFC Colton W. Rusk and his bomb-sniffing dog, Eli. Rusk was killed in Afghanistan in 2010 by sniper fire. The documentary follows Rusk’s parents as they go through the process of adopting the dog following their son’s death.

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