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Watch The FULL 
6-minute Trailer Below
Proceeds from the sale of this book will benefit The American Legion Overseas Grave Decoration Trust Fund.
The American Legion supplies U.S. flags free of charge for the grave markers of all U.S. military personnel buried in European cemeteries administered by the American Battle Monuments Commission.
The Story of Simone RENAUD
This is the story of one remarkable woman, whose devotion to a generation of world war 2 heroes from d day transcended all boundaries.

Madame Simone Renaud witnessed the liberation of France on June 6, 1944 from a very unique vantage point – the small town of St. Mere Eglise – the first town liberated in the D Day invasion and the drop point for the 82nd  and 101st airborne division of the United States Army.  

It was here that she, along with her three young sons and husband, the mayor of St. Mere Eglise, watched the triumph and tragedy unfold during a day that defined history.  And it was here that so many American soldiers, who gave their lives to protect freedom and democracy, found their final resting place.

Madame Renaud spent a lifetime tending to the graves of those American soldiers and corresponding with their loved ones back home.  She became friend, family and touchstone to those whose lives were forever changed by
D-Day.  

The mark she left is indelible.  Her story is too. Simone Renaud bridged an ocean.
The Story of Simone RENAUD
This is the story of one remarkable woman, whose devotion to a generation of heroes transcended all boundaries.

Madame Simone Renaud witnessed the liberation of France on June 6, 1944 from a very unique vantage point – the small town of St. Mere Eglise – the first town liberated in the D Day invasion and the drop point for the 82nd  and 101st airborne division of the United States Army.
It was here that she, along with her three young sons and husband, the mayor of St. Mere Eglise, watched the triumph and tragedy unfold during a day that defined history.  And it was here that so many American soldiers, who gave their lives to protect freedom and democracy, found their final resting place.
Madame Renaud spent a lifetime tending to the graves of those American soldiers and corresponding with their loved ones back home.  She became friend, family and touchstone to those whose lives were forever changed by
D-Day.  

The mark she left is indelible.  Her story is too. Simone Renaud bridged an ocean.
The Mother of Normandy coffee table book contains over 160 pictures and maps and was produced as a companion piece to the Mother of Normandy documentary film. The book takes an in-depth look at some of the people featured in the film including D-Day veterans Bop Piper, Bill Tucker, Don Lassen, Bob Murphy, Roy Creek, Col. Edward Krause, Gen. Teddy Roosevelt Jr., Capt. John Garrabrandt, and Pvt. John Steele, who was made famous by the blockbuster film, "The Longest Day."  The book includes Madame Renaud’s poems and actual letters sent to the Renaud’s from American families in the postwar years, along with accounts of the bloodiest small-arms battle in World War II and the way in which American towns like Locust Valley, N.Y., came to the aid of a recovering France by launching a nationwide program called Operation Democracy.
The Mother of Normandy film’s screenplay and coffee table book were written by Jeff Stoffer who is the Editor and Director of the American Legion Magazine Division. 
Jeff oversees the nation’s largest media outlet for veterans, with a magazine that reaches 2.4 million homes a month. 
He has written on a wide variety of subjects throughout his career and is recognized as a national leader in multi-media integration for member based associations.
Oscar-nominated actress Leslie Caron lends her voice to “Mother of Normandy," a documentary film about a little-known but unforgettable woman who bridged an ocean between her beloved corner of France and the families who lost loved ones in the battle for the liberation of Europe during World War II. Simone Renaud, wife of the wartime Mayor of Ste. Mere-Eglise, spent 44 years expressing to the families of the fallen, and to surviving veterans of the D-Day invasion, her undying gratitude for freeing her country from Nazi occupation. She expressed that gratitude one letter at a time, one personal visit at a time, and by arranging commemorations that continue today, nearly 25 years after her death. The film contains exclusive interviews with D-Day veterans like Don Lassen, Bob Murphy, Bob Piper and Bill Tucker. Never-before-seen footage and photography also are featured in the film, a lasting tribute to those who gave all for the future of freedom.  
The Mother of Normandy film’s screenplay and coffee table book were written by Jeff Stoffer who is the Editor and Director of the American Legion Magazine Division. Jeff oversees the nation’s largest media outlet for veterans, with a magazine that reaches 2.4 million homes a month. He has written on a wide variety of subjects throughout his career and is recognized as a national leader in multi-media integration for member based associations.
The Mother of Normandy coffee table book contains over 160 pictures and maps and was produced as a companion piece to the Mother of Normandy documentary film. The book takes an in-depth look at some of the people featured in the film including D-Day veterans Bop Piper, Bill Tucker, Don Lassen, Bob Murphy, Roy Creek, Col. Edward Krause, Gen. Teddy Roosevelt Jr., Capt. John Garrabrandt, and Pvt. John Steele, who was made famous by the blockbuster film, "The Longest Day."  The book includes Madame Renaud’s poems and actual letters sent to the Renaud’s from American families in the postwar years, along with accounts of the bloodiest small-arms battle in World War II and the way in which American towns like Locust Valley, N.Y., came to the aid of a recovering France by launching a nationwide program called Operation Democracy.
Oscar-nominated actress Leslie Caron lends her voice to “Mother of Normandy," a documentary film about a little-known but unforgettable woman who bridged an ocean between her beloved corner of France and the families who lost loved ones in the battle for the liberation of Europe during World War II. Simone Renaud, wife of the wartime Mayor of Ste. Mere-Eglise, spent 44 years expressing to the families of the fallen, and to surviving veterans of the D-Day invasion, her undying gratitude for freeing her country from Nazi occupation. She expressed that gratitude one letter at a time, one personal visit at a time, and by arranging commemorations that continue today, nearly 25 years after her death. The film contains exclusive interviews with D-Day veterans like Don Lassen, Bob Murphy, Bob Piper and Bill Tucker. Never-before-seen footage and photography also are featured in the film, a lasting tribute to those who gave all for the future of freedom.  
PRESS
American Legion Magazine article, December 2006: Where Hero’s Fell
AVA - "Amis des Vétérans Américains en Normandie"
Maurice Renaud: Mother of Normandy
Sainte Mere Eglise Tour 2005 Bonus Footage
Radio Interview on the making of The Mother of Normandy Film with the film’s producer and director  Doug Stebleton
CUSTOM JAVASCRIPT / HTML
A Film Review
"Saintly Gratitude"
THE MOTHER OF NORMANDY is an entertaining, heart-rending television documentary about a person of faith and values who made a tremendous difference. It tells the story of Simone Renaud, the wife of the mayor of the town in Normandy where American soldiers parachuted behind German lines on D-Day during World War II. Simone tried everything she could to help them during the fierce firefights as the Nazis were shooting and killing the paratroopers. After the battle, she tended to the graves of the Americans and wrote thousands of letters to the bereaved families in America who had lost their young men. Singlehandedly, she became an ambassador of good will.

This story is not only worth telling; it’s worth watching. Throughout the movie, there are extremely strong statements of Christian faith, overt references to Jesus, and powerful reminders that America was once a Christian nation. It is very hard to create a dramatic documentary, but the writers, producers and director have done just that. From the smallest detail of sound and music to the largest topics presented in the documentary, THE MOTHER OF NORMANY is excellent filmmaking and deserves commendation.
By Movieguide Magazine
PRESS
American Legion Magazine article, December 2006: Where Hero’s Fell
AVA - "Amis des Vétérans Américains en Normandie"
Maurice Renaud: Mother of Normandy
Sainte Mere Eglise Tour 2005 Bonus Footage
Radio Interview on the making of The Mother of Normandy Film with the film’s producer and director  Doug Stebleton
CUSTOM JAVASCRIPT / HTML
A Film Review
"Saintly Gratitude"
THE MOTHER OF NORMANDY is an entertaining, heart-rending television documentary about a person of faith and values who made a tremendous difference. It tells the story of Simone Renaud, the wife of the mayor of the town in Normandy where American soldiers parachuted behind German lines on D-Day during World War II. Simone tried everything she could to help them during the fierce firefights as the Nazis were shooting and killing the paratroopers. After the battle, she tended to the graves of the Americans and wrote thousands of letters to the bereaved families in America who had lost their young men. Singlehandedly, she became an ambassador of good will.

This story is not only worth telling; it’s worth watching. Throughout the movie, there are extremely strong statements of Christian faith, overt references to Jesus, and powerful reminders that America was once a Christian nation. It is very hard to create a dramatic documentary, but the writers, producers and director have done just that. From the smallest detail of sound and music to the largest topics presented in the documentary, THE MOTHER OF NORMANY is excellent filmmaking and deserves commendation.
By Movieguide Magazine
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Doug Stebleton
Producer/Director
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Doug Stebleton
Producer/Director
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