MANCHESTER >> This Veterans' Day, Manchester Community Library kicks off a new afternoon film series celebrating The Greatest Generation with a screening of the 1947 Academy Award winner for best picture, "The Best Years of Our Lives," on Nov. 11 at 2 p.m.

According to, "The Greatest Generation" describes the generation who grew up in the United States during the deprivation of the Great Depression, and then went on to fight in World War II as well as those whose productivity within the war's home front made a decisive material contribution to the war effort.

The term "The Greatest Generation" originated from Tom Brokaw's 1998 book of the same title. In the book, Brokaw wrote, "It is, I believe, the greatest generation any society has ever produced." He argued that these men and women fought not for fame and recognition, but because it was the "right thing to do."

Winner of seven Academy awards, the film tells the story of three WWII veterans who return home to small-town America to discover that they and their families have been irreparably changed. The cast includes Frederic Marsh, Myrna Loy, Dana Andrews, and Teresa Wright. WW II veteran Harold Russell received two Oscars for his role as Homer Parish; one for Best Supporting Actor and one for being an inspiration to all returning veterans. He is the only actor in history to receive two Oscars for the same role.


The film screening is free and open to the public. Running time is 172 minutes. There will be a short intermission with refreshments served. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. in Manchester Center. For more information, contact the Library at 802-362-2607.