Renown World War II vet Louis Zamperini to speak at next Viewpoints event in Rancho Santa Fe; Tickets go on sale Jan. 15

On Sunday, Feb. 24, Viewpoints will present Louis Zamperini.  Zamperini’s amazing life story was documented in the acclaimed book “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resiliency and Redemption.”

Tickets for this event will go on sale Jan. 15 on the Viewpoints website www.villageviewpoints.com.

In order to accommodate the large crowd expected, this event will be held in the sanctuary of The Village Church.

Tickets prices will be as follows:

•$50 per person - Sanctuary seating -tickets purchased in advance

•$60 per person - Sanctuary seating -ticket purchased at the door

(if seats remain available)

•$25 per person - Overflow seating - Chapel and Parlor with video feed

Seating for the evening’s event will begin at 5 p.m..  The program will begin at 6 p.m., followed by wine and hors d’oeuvres in the Fellowship Center.

If you have any questions or need additional assistance in purchasing tickets, please call 858-381-8070.

Viewpoints is co-presented by The Village Church and the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation.  The goal of the lecture series is to inform, inspire and impact by providing a forum in which individuals, renown in their field, share their knowledge, wisdom and experience with members of our community.

Zamperini’s life was literally one in the record books by the time he became a bombardier during World War II.  In high school, he set the world high school record for the mile.  During the 1936 Olympics and also at the University of Southern California he continued to set records. But what really made his life remarkable is what he endured in World War II.

On a routine mission, his aircraft crashed into the Pacific Ocean.  Zamperini and other crew members survived in a life raft for 47 days, unknowingly drifting into Japanese-controlled waters.  They were rescued by the Japanese but then placed into Japanese prison camps.  It was here that Zamperini encountered a guard who tried for two years to break his spirit with verbal and physical cruelty, but the strong spirit that had been his trademark throughout his life enabled him to outlast the guard.

Following the war, he returned to live in Southern California but eventually went back to Japan to forgive the very guards who had tormented him.

In 1998, the Olympic Winter Games were held in Nagano, Japan, just outside the town where Louis Zamperini had been held captive.  The people of Nagano asked him to carry the Olympic flame as part of the torch relay, and a 45-minute feature about his life was aired during the telecast of the Closing Ceremony.

Today, at 95 years of age, Louis Zamperini is still spry and full of life, lecturing throughout the country on his experience.

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