Harlem Veteran Project Gala showcases student documentaries

MACHESNEY PARK, Ill. (WIFR) -- Students from Harlem High School are remembering the life and service of our veterans by showcasing documentaries they've produced about local vets.

Students have spent two years, 2,000 hours going through 50 hours of interviews to produce 24 documentaries about the lives of those who have served our country. The students were able to show off their hard work at the Harlem Veteran Project Gala. Teachers from the project say each story has had an impact on the students. These documentaries are another way for the students to say thank you to the vets.

“It’s important for them to understand what the cost of war is and you really see that from the veterans faces when they're thinking about how to respond to an answer or that thousand yard stare when you know they're going back to the foothills of Vietnam or the winter in Korea. That does more teaching then I could possibly ever do in a classroom,” said Harlem High School history teacher Nichols Stange.

Stange says the most powerful part about this class is seeing the bond the students form with the veterans.