Operation Celebration play will tug at the heart, revive memories of WWII

Staff reporter

There's a saying that war has many faces and World War II was no exception.

An original play by Kansan Chris Gates, "Faces From War," will be presented at 2 p.m. May 25, in a tent on the south end of Walnut Street, Peabody, as part of Operation Celebration.

Gates, an adjunct professor at Central Christian College of McPherson, began the culmination of stories from WWII veterans as part of his thesis at Kansas State University but it developed into something much more meaningful.

"Not only did I get to know more about my grandfather, John Moore, but many others as well," Gates said. "The stories these people told were amazing and touching. They gave me a small glimpse into what it really means to go to war."

The play was presented earlier this year at CCC. Several Peabody veterans attended the performance and wanted the play presented in Peabody.

After the premiere performance, Gates was told by veterans that the dialogue and stories were extremely accurate with actual events.

Although the number of WWII veterans continue to decrease, nearly everyone has a connection with WWII, knowing someone who served, but many do not know details or have heard actual accounts of the war.

The play is a collection of stories from veterans who served in the second world war, woven into a narrative which will bring back memories for many and certainly be emotional for others.

Gates said that the student performers were willing to stay in the area an extra week to perform in Peabody and are looking forward to presenting the play in the outdoor setting.