No Casino Gettysburg Releases New Celebrity Interviews with Music from Saving Private Ryan

Dec 06, 2010, 14:57 ET from Civil War Preservation Trust

GETTYSBURG, Pa., Dec. 6, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough, President Eisenhower's granddaughter Susan Eisenhower and Medal of Honor recipient Paul W. Bucha discuss their heartfelt objections to the proposed Gettysburg casino (1/2 mile from the Gettysburg National Military Park) in four emotional videos just released from No Casino Gettysburg and the Civil War Preservation Trust.

The musical accompaniment is from composer John Williams' powerful musical score for Steven Spielberg's 11-time Oscar-nominated film, Saving Private Ryan. Burns (3:35) McCullough (3:10) Eisenhower (3:25) Bucha (2:52)

Excerpts from the original soundtrack recording of Saving Private Ryan are being used with permission from five-time Academy Award-winning composer John Williams, DreamWorks Pictures, Paramount Pictures, members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and members of the Boston Musicians' Association. Williams has contributed the music for all No Casino Gettysburg videos and commercials this year.

The videos are being released less than two weeks before the final decision by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Thursday, December 16th. Gettysburg is one of four proposed casino locations throughout Pennsylvania being considered by the gaming board and, by far, the most controversial. Susan Star Paddock, chair of No Casino Gettysburg said, "Our local grass roots group is honored to have widespread support from historians, preservation and veterans' groups, and people everywhere who understand just how inappropriate it is to license a casino next door to America's sacred ground. These thoughtful videos just reinforce that this is a national issue."

These videos are just a part of the extensive multimedia campaign created by No Casino Gettysburg. For the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board hearing in August, NCG used these interviews along with others from Sam Waterston, Matthew Broderick, Stephen Lang and several Gettysburg locals as part of their testimony to the gaming board.  "Legacy" (9:16)

All participants involved with the videos including celebrities, crew, editors, and musicians volunteered their time and services for No Casino Gettysburg and the Civil War Preservation Trust.

SOURCE Civil War Preservation Trust