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    Band of Brothers” Actors to Honor D-Day with Parachute Jump into Normandy

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    In a tribute that melds the past with the present and cinema with real-life heroism, actors from the acclaimed HBO miniseries “Band of Brothers” are set to parachute into Normandy to mark the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

    These actors, who once portrayed the courageous men of “Easy” Company on screen, will now honor their memory by completing a parachuting jump into the Cotentin Peninsula, where the soldiers famously landed eight decades ago.

    The poignant endeavor will see actors like Alex Sabga-Brady, who portrayed Cpl. Frank Mellet, and others including Nolan Hemmings and Doug Spain, gear up at Camp Toccoa in Georgia, the original training ground of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment.

    This significant leap is more than a reenactment; it’s a commemorative act and a fundraiser for veteran charities, symbolizing the enduring respect and remembrance for those who fought and sacrificed during World War II.

    “We never jumped for real during the series, but we did a lot of training,” Sabga-Brady shared. The jump, he said, would be “a nice close of the circle.”

    This commitment extends beyond mere performance. The actors are participating in a documentary, “The Jump: Currahee to Normandy,” which will chronicle their training and their eventual jump.

    The documentary aims to keep the stories and memories of the D-Day veterans alive.

    “The actual amount of Normandy veterans that are alive today is getting smaller and smaller by the week, and there are no surviving members of Easy Company left,” said Sabga-Brady, emphasizing the urgency of preserving these histories.

    The team will be at Camp Toccoa between March 23 and March 30, 2024, training with the All Airborne Battalion, a nonprofit veteran organization. After earning their parachutist wings, they will move to France to engage in anniversary events and the anticipated jump, retracing the paths of the heroes they once embodied.

    “We thought it would be a nice close of the circle,” said Sabga-Brady, who is also producing the documentary.

    As they train and prepare, the actors are cognizant of the gravity of their act and the legacy they wish to honor. Sabga-Brady added, “If we can in some way, shape or form keep these stories going and keep these memories alive then that is exactly what we tried to do, and it does mean a lot to us as a cast.”

    The actors will jump from the “Placid Lassie,” a Douglas C-47 Skytrain that actually participated in the D-Day invasion.

    The participation of this storied aircraft adds yet another layer of historical authenticity to the event, further bridging the gap between the modern-day commemoration and the historical action it honors.

    This jump is not just about historical reenactment; it is about remembrance, education, and support for veterans. Donations are being accepted to cover the costs associated with the jump, including the use of “Placid Lassie,” training, and recording the event to preserve the memory of D-Day soldiers.

    They echo a sentiment that resonates through history and underscores the importance of memory and tribute: “If I can keep one memory of one man going, I’ll do it,” pledged Sabga-Brady.

    Relevant articles:
    ‘Band of Brothers’ Actors Are Training to Parachute into Normandy for the 80th Anniversary of D-Day, Military.com
    Band of Brothers actors to parachute into Normandy for D, BBC
    ‘Band of Brothers’ actors train in Georgia to parachute for D-Day anniversary, FOX Carolina
    How You Can Help the ‘Band of Brothers’ Cast Recreate Easy Company’s Drop into Normandy 80 Years Later, Military.com

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