Filmmaker, known for war documentaries, visits Rockford on Veterans Day

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Boylan High School students spent Veterans Day learning from a nationally-recognized filmmaker known for his war documentary series.

The school welcomed Larry Cappetto, who has spent the last 15 years interviewing more than 1,000 veterans.

Capetto has interviewed veterans from World War II, the Koren War and the Vietnam War as part of his documentary series "Lest They Be Forgotten."

Teachers say they wanted students to hear stories from those who have fought for our freedom as a reminder of their sacrifice to protect the country.

"I think it's important because our students need a perspective of one, war, and two, the sacrifices that these men made, whether they were drafted or enlisted," says Boylan teacher Bryant Salmone. "Talking about the constitution, defending the constitution and the importance of serving that it had and reflected on them."

Cappetto is hosting another presentation Monday night at 7 p.m. at the Boylan High School Auditorium. It's free and open to the public.