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Band of Brothers actors help Winters fundraising effort

Written by Tim Lambert, witf Multimedia News Director | Jun 7, 2011 9:02 AM

(Lancaster) -- Actors who starred in the HBO mini-series Band of Brothers are pitching in to help raise money to build a monument in the likeness of the late Major Richard Winters in Normandy. Band of Brothers aired for the first time in 2001, bringing historian Stephen Ambrose's book and the story of Winters and his soldiers into living rooms across the globe. Now nearly a decade later, many of the actors who portrayed members of Easy Company are still doing their part to keep the memory of those soldiers alive. John Frank Hughes, who played Wild Bill Guarnere, says he didn't think twice about taking part in a pair of fundraising events in Lancaster yesterday for the Richard Winters Leadership project. "Any time I get to spend doing anything to help get this memorial built for Major Winters, who had such a profound effect on my life...getting to know him, and get to spend time with a man I love so much as Bill and Babe and then, my own friends," he says. "It doesn't get better than that, you know? It's pretty special." Hughes was joined by Easy Company veterans Guarnere and Babe Heffron as well as two of his fellow castmates. Proceeds from the events will go toward the effort to raise $400,000 for the monument to all U.S Army junior officers during Operation Overlord. Organizers are halfway toward their goal. The monument is slated to be unveiled on the 68th anniversary of D-Day next year.

 

witf's Tim Lambert sits down with actor John Frank Hughes to talk about the impact having a role in HBO's Band of Brothers has had on his life the last 10 years:

 

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Hughes talks about the challenge of playing Sergeant "Wild" Bill Guarnere in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beJ42HwkOn4

 

Babe Hefron of the famed Band of Brothers talks about meeting "Wild" Bill Guarnere when he joined Easy Company after the unit returned from Normandy in the summer of 1944.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWyBuyrTLcU

 

Actors Ross McCall, John Frank Hughes and James Madio discusse the impact their roles in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers has had on their lives, nearly 10 years after it first aired.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUUebpWmt9g

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