ROWLESBURG, W.Va. – The Rowlesburg Revitalization Committee, Inc. will present the Emmy nominated news documentary, “The Wereth Eleven” on Friday, Aug. 25, 2012 at 2 p.m. in the Szilagyi Center in Rowlesburg.
Originally developed for National Geographic Television, “The Wereth Eleven” retraces the defining moments in the lives of 11 African-American GIs who fought during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II. The men served in the 33rd Field Artillery Battalion. Despite having to confront the realities of a segregated military, each soldier fought valiantly in the face of overwhelming numbers from the German Army.
James “Aubrey” Stewart of Piedmont, W.Va. was one of the dedicated and patriotic members of “The Wereth Eleven.” A true West Virginia hero, he served even though he was beyond draft age at 36. Stewart and the 10 other men in his unit paid a high price for defending their position, weathering horrific torture and beatings once they were captured. Their bravery caused them to make the ultimate sacrifice when they were executed on Dec. 17, 1944 and left in a frozen field.
The presentation of the “The Wereth Eleven” is free and open to the public. To see a trailer of the documentary, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YULUUoc-fI
Jacqueline Proctor or Shirley Hartley
304-957-9312 or 304-329-1240