Kentucky Historical Society
Film, Play Celebrate Heroism of Kentuckian
Clint Eastwood’s major motion picture Flags of Our Fathers features the story of Kentuckian Franklin Sousley, one of the soldiers who raised the American flag during the Battle of Iwo Jima. The image taken of Sousley and his fellow soldiers is arguably one of the most famous of World War II and is the focus of both the film, set for release on Friday, and a museum theatre presentation at the Kentucky Historical Society.
Look for My Picture: Raising the Flag with Franklin Sousley will be presented on November 10 in commemoration of Veterans Day and depicts the raising of the American flag on Iwo Jima through the eyes of Sousley. The performance will be featured during a Veterans Tribute luncheon honoring Kentucky veterans. The luncheon will be held in the Brown-Forman Room of the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in Frankfort at noon.
“Telling the stories of Kentuckians’ role in history is what we do every day at the Kentucky Historical Society,” says Kent Whitworth, KHS executive director.
Flags of Our Fathers portrays one of the most intense, deadly, and chaotic conflicts ever fought by the US military. Directed by Academy Award-winning actor Clint Eastwood, the film centers on the life stories of six men, including Sousley, who raised an American flag on the top of Mount Suribachi, the island’s commanding high point.
Those interested in attending the luncheon must R.S.V.P. by November 6. The cost is $18 for Kentucky Historical Society members and $23 for all other patrons. For luncheon reservations, please call 502-564-1792, ext. 4414.
An agency of the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet, the Kentucky Historical Society, since 1836, has provided connections to the past, perspective on the present and inspiration for the future. KHS operates the Old State Capitol, Kentucky Military History Museum, and its headquarters, the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History. Since 1999, the thirty-million-dollar Center has welcomed more than one million visitors. For more information about the Kentucky Historical Society and its programs, visit the Web at http://history.ky.gov.