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VIDEO: “We Remember” Memorial Day

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Written, narrated, shot and edited by Wes O’Donnell, Managing Editor of In Military, veteran and AMU graduate.

Music by Allen Grey.

Transcript:

From day one, we were taught the meaning of sacrifice.

A bunch of wide-eyed recruits unsure about the future.

Those who came before us confronted their mortality.

They recognized the honor of sacrificing for an idea bigger than ourselves.

We remember.

True heroism is never sought. It’s about serving others no matter the cost.

We are the beneficiaries of their sacrifice.

When we say thank you, the highest honor is not to utter the words, but to live by them.

We remember.

And while our brothers and sisters might be gone, they will never be forgotten.

We remember.

As long as this flag flies over these United States we will honor those who gave their lives for freedom, liberty and most importantly, so their comrades could make it home safely.

We remember.

To those who made the ultimate sacrifice… We remember.

Dr. Marie Harper
Dean, School of Business, American Public University System.

Dr. Mark Gambill
Faculty Member, School of Business, American Public University

‘We Remember’ Clips in Video

Charles Palocy, MA, MPA, EMT-P
Emergency Management Training and Exercise Coordinator at Wake County

Dr. Chris Reynolds, CEM, MEMS, CFO, EFO
Dean, Academic Outreach and Program Development at American Public University System

Linda Ashar
Associate Professor, FTF American Public University System

Denise Outlaw
Faculty at American Public University System

Still Image Credits (In order of appearance)

Basic training (Haircut)
USCG Photo/CWO Donnie Brzuska
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Public Domain

Memorial Day [Image 2 of 4]
U.S. Marine Corps photo illustration by Cpl. Micha Pierce
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Public Domain

AIT Initial arrival
Video shot by Billy Busby, Erich Schwab, MEDVID TV
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Public Domain

34th Fighter Squadron pilots return from deployment [Image 6 of 8]
U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw
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Public Domain

38th Infantry Soldiers coming home [Image 6 of 7]
U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Hannah Clifton
DVIDS Image # image-6165469
Public Domain

Deployers return to Lakenheath [Image 10 of 10]
U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte
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Public Domain

Memorial Day [Image 4 of 6]
Photo by Ken Scar
DVIDS Image # image-4421873
Public Domain

Note: The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) visual information does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement of American Public University System.

Wes O’Donnell is an Army and Air Force veteran and writer covering military and tech topics. As a sought-after professional speaker, Wes has presented at U.S. Air Force Academy, Fortune 500 companies, and TEDx, covering trending topics from data visualization to leadership and veterans’ advocacy. As a filmmaker, he directed the award-winning short film, “Memorial Day.”

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