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RI veterans to get a sneak peek of WWII documentary

PROVIDENCE, R.I. >> Rhode Island veterans are getting a sneak peek of a World War II documentary that will premiere in Pearl Harbor for this year’s 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack.

The Rhode Island-based World War II Foundation produced the documentary, “Remember Pearl Harbor.”

Tim Gray, the nonprofit’s chairman, said he wants to thank local veterans for their service before taking the documentary to Hawaii. It will be shown at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence.

Veterans of all conflicts and current service members can go for free. General admission is $13.

Gray is dedicating the event to Raymond Haerry, one of the last living crew members on the battleship USS Arizona during the attack. Haerry, who was interviewed for the documentary, died Sept. 27 in Rhode Island at the age of 94.

The 84-minute documentary features interviews with veterans and survivors of the Dec. 7, 1941 attack, with narration by actor Tom Selleck. The Rhode Island event will include a question and answer session with Gray and WWII veterans.

Gray is expecting about 20 WWII veterans to attend. Raymond Haerry Jr. is also expected to attend to share his father’s stories about the Arizona.

“We’re remembering that day which changed America forever,” Gray said.

Ticket sales benefit the foundation and tickets can be purchased through the auditorium. Veterans should present their military ID or something else to indicate that they served, such as a hat that says veteran.

The documentary’s official premiere is Dec. 4 in Pearl Harbor as part of the 75th anniversary ceremonies. It will also air on more than 100 PBS stations nationwide, Gray said.

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