WWI footage painstakingly restored

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As we get ready to honor those who have served our country this weekend, silent film footage from World War I has been painstakingly restored.

Most footage from the first World War is grainy without any synchronized sound. It looks 100 years old because it is.

But, thanks to "Lord of the Rings" director Peter Jackson, it's all being restored.

Jackson applied cutting-edge production technology to archival footage, colorizing it and using a computer to recreate missing frames.

"Hearing the voices of the people that lived through this conflict, both men who served in the fighting forces but also women on the home front, people involved in factories, just hearing their voices in their own words, exploring what they thought and what they felt and what they experienced really brings it to life," said Helen Mavin, Imperial War Museum curator.

More than 100,000 Americans died in the Great War, both in combat and from disease.

Veterans Day is Sunday, marking 100 years since the end of fighting.