Saturday, March 25, 2017

Honor and Gratitude II

I know I said, last time, that we would visit Louisiana today, but I just got this great news and wanted to share it with you.
Some of you are aware that I was honored to be a small part of a documentary that was made by MCTV (Montgomery College TV) by Barbara Grunbaum and Dan Rankin.

This film was part of an overall Montgomery County, Maryland celebration and recognition of the County's thousands of Vietnam veteran.

A welcome home was held at the Universities of Shady Grove and among the presentations were clips from the upcoming film. There was a motorcycle rally and many distinguished speakers, including Bob Schieffer (CBS News) as the Master of Ceremonies. The five living POW's from the County were present and were honored, too. Sadly one of them, Mr. Fred Cherry, has passed away since the event. I was told that this event was the first time since their return from North Vietnam that these five men had been in the same room together! Another was Everett Alvarez, the first U.S. pilot shot down and the longest resident of the infamous Hanoi Hilton. It was an honor to meet them all.

A few months later, the film was previewed for the vets involved and the general public at Montgomery College in Silver Spring. Most of those featured in the film were present and participated in a Q and A after the showing. It was truly a wonderful and remarkable day.

So, later the film was entered in contest sponsored by NATOA (National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors and was chosen as one of the three top films of the year for Excellence in Broadcasting. We did not know its rank in the top three until much later, after the awards ceremony.

Now, I couldn't be more proud to tell you that it was selected as the best film of the year.

If you are interested, you can view it here:

I want to take just one more opportunity to thank Barbara, Dan and everyone involved for their tireless work, respect, and unflagging dedication to telling this story and to congratulate them on their well deserved win at the NATOA, you have honored us all.

Next time on the 30th, we will visit Louisiana, so, as always join me there at 9:00am.

To see Vietnam memorials from every state in the union, click a state name on the left side of this page.

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