On-Demand Sanibel to Siberia: The Story of a World War II Memorial

On-Demand Sanibel to Siberia: The Story of a World War II Memorial

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Watch this special on-demand, brought to you by Veterans Connections, pieces together a stirring and little-known story of friendship and cooperation. Sanibel to Siberia: The Story of a World War II Memorial, available on-demand,  recounts the creation of the bronze sculpture erected to commemorate the secret 1941 Lend-Lease partnership between eventual Cold War rivals, the United States and the Soviet Union. Artist Richard T. Wallen's monument honors the heroic pilots who ferried nearly 8,000 warplanes from the U.S. to Siberia to help Russia defend against the invading German army. They flew risky missions over remote and unpaved wilderness, making their way in stages, from one hastily built airfield to the next. SANIBEL TO SIBERIA also chronicles the 2006 dedication of the Alaska-Siberia Lend-Lease Memorial in Fairbanks, an event attended by dignitaries from the U.S., Russia, Canada, Great Britain and France.

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