On Sunday night, HBO kicked off its 10-part miniseries, "The Pacific," chronicling the experiences of four Marines who served in the Pacific campaign of WWII.
In honor of the premiere, HBO hosted hundreds of veterans of the Pacific campaign in the nation's capitol last Thursday for an Honor Flight visit to the National WWII Memorial and a special preview screening of the new show.
Producers Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks were on hand at the National WWII Memorial to meet with veterans, alongside VA Assistant Secretary W. Scott Gould, Sen. Elizabeth Dole, and two the actors from the upcoming miniseries, James Badge Dale and Joe Mazzello.
Each of the guests delivered remarks on why the miniseries was important to them and thanked the assembled veterans for their valorous service in the nation's hours of need. Spielberg, Hanks, Gould and Dole then laid a wreath by the Pacific reflecting pool at the memorial.
After the ceremony, Spielberg, Hands, Dale and Mazzello took the time to meet with many of the veterans, posing for photos.
The actors and Secretary Gould also took a few moments to answer questions from American Veteran magazine. In the spring issue, we will highlight "The Pacific" miniseries, which runs on HBO until mid-May.
(Photos: Top: Spielberg, Hanks, Dole and Gould lay a wreath by the Pacific reflecting pool at the National WWII Memorial. Middle: Spielberg, Dale, Mazzello and Hanks pose for a photo with veterans after the morning's ceremony. Middle: Secretary Gould delivers his remarks during the morning's ceremony, honoring Pacific campaign veterans. Bottom: Sen. Dole delivers her remarks, as hundreds of Pacific campaign veterans look on. Photos by Ryan Gallucci.)