The views of some Wellington residents were shown yesterday to people several states away.
Oberlin native Delbert Spurlock traveled Wednesday to Simpson College in Iowa to kickstart his campaign to bring veteran issues to the forefront of political debates.
Iowa is the first in the nation to have a chance to show support for presidential candidates.
His 12-minute movie titled “Citizen Soldiers: Let Them Serve” features several Wellington community members, including mayor Barbara O’Keefe and zoning inspector Morris Furcron.
The film focuses on how veterans are unappreciated and how the skills they learned in the military can be used to address issues in civilian life.
Filming started in mid-August but Spurlock has been developing the idea for years.
He showed the movie to a small audience at the Herrick Memorial Library last Wednesday.
“I have a different reaction every time I see it,” he said, adding that sometimes the short film brings him to tears.
While at Simpson College, Spurlock led a discussion at the Culver Public Policy Center.
Seth Andersen, director of the center, said a couple dozen Culver fellows were expected to attend the program.
“These are very bright young students who are really interested in politics and public service,” Andersen said. Students who have or are serving now in the military and community members were all invited to attend.
Even before filming began, Spurlock knew he wanted to present the short film to college students near the start of the fall semester.
“Students and soldiers need to work together to craft the future America,” he said. “I think you’ve got to seize the day now.”
Spurlock plans to spend the rest of October traveling to up to six cities across Iowa using the film to spark a conversation about how valuable veterans are.
Spurlock will host an Oct. 30 conference on the cost of war at the Fort Des Moines Museum in Iowa.
“It’s been a long haul and I’m ready to get started to see the reaction from the people,” he said.
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Morris Furcron, Delbert Spurlock, and Emory King pose together after Spurlock shows his short political film Sept. 23 for the first time in Wellington at the Herrick Memorial Library.