Monday, May 28, 2007

Memorial Day Tribute Video to Our Fallen Heroes

05/28/07 02:04 Please check out the updated version of this video.

John and Linda Daily pore over the hundreds of sympathy cards and letters they received after the death of their son Mark in Iraq. The response has filled them with a strange mix of grief, pain, gratitude and awe.
(Wally Skalij / LAT)

Apologies for the quick-edit job on this. I screwed up on retaining credits for the photos. I didn't realize that there is a finite amount of text I can cut-and-paste into the properties, when I saved to file.

This is the first time I used photostory 3, and had some trouble with the music; so I had to discard the song, save and print the photos, then add the music by running it through windows movie maker. Very rushed ending, but it is what it is.

This post will remain at the top until Tuesday.

Major Douglas Zembiec's widow, Pamela, bows over the casket of her husband Wednesday afternoon at Arlington National Cemetery before his internment. The couple also have a 1-year-old daughter, Fallyn. Major Zembiec was 34, a highly decorated Marine Corps officer. He was killed while leading a raid on insurgents in Baghdad on May 10th, 2007. He earned the Bronze Star with a V for valor for his actions in Fallujah in 2004. (Photos and details by Rick Loomis/La Times)

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Blogger Always On Watch Two said...

Oh, Wordsmith! That video took my breath away!

A fine tribute for Memorial Day. Truly fine.

Saturday, May 26, 2007 3:53:00 AM  
Blogger Always On Watch Two said...

I just added a link to this posting to my own Memorial Day post.

I'll also share the video with my students.

Saturday, May 26, 2007 3:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Mustang said...

Truly exceptional! Thank you.

Semper Fi

Saturday, May 26, 2007 9:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Flag Gazer said...

Wordsmith - what a remarkable video. But, I lost it when I went down to the picture of Zembiec's funeral... that one is very personal to a close friend, and therefore, to me.

Saturday, May 26, 2007 10:48:00 AM  
Blogger Mike's America said...

An excellent and moving reminder that freedom comes with a price.

And we as a Nation are truly blessed that so many fine men and women are prepared to take up arms and risk their lives so we may be free.

God Bless Them All!

Happy Memorial Day!

Saturday, May 26, 2007 3:32:00 PM  
Blogger Bushwack said...

Great video, I posted it as well....'

BUT DANG... did you have to put this post on top of Rosie sheik bin bitching?????

I need to clean up my keyboard now thanks...Spewed coffee all over the damn place.

Saturday, May 26, 2007 3:50:00 PM  
Blogger Curt said...


Just wow Word....great job.

Saturday, May 26, 2007 8:30:00 PM  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Wordsmith the video was beautiful. Our military men and women are our strongest, best and brightest. God bless them all. We will never forget those who gave their lives.

Saturday, May 26, 2007 9:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well done. Thank you so much.

Saturday, May 26, 2007 9:16:00 PM  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

That was absolutely wondrous sir. You are to be admired for having the tenacity and the skill to honor our soldiers and our nation as you did. Your incredible talent has been used so well.

God bless America and her soldiers.

Our country: the last
The best
. . . the ONLY hope for the planet.


Saturday, May 26, 2007 10:39:00 PM  
Blogger Gayle said...

I got to see your wonderful post after all, Wordsmith. :) My LAN connection is mysteriously back.

You did a beautiful job on that video. I wouldn't have known how to run the music through Windows movie maker.

Here's hoping you have a great weekend.

I caught a glimpse of that horror picture you put up on your last post. Scary! Now to go see what that's all about.

Sunday, May 27, 2007 11:24:00 AM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...

Beautiful Photos Word,

God Bless Our Troops.

Have a wonderful weekend :-)

Sunday, May 27, 2007 12:01:00 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

What a beautiful, moving tribute, WS!

The pictures are worth more than any words.

You've captured what Memorial Day is and what it means to remember.

Sunday, May 27, 2007 5:35:00 PM  
Anonymous yankeemom said...

Thank you, Wordsmith, Thank you ~

Sunday, May 27, 2007 7:11:00 PM  
Blogger Gail A. said...

Incredible video. I had tears & chills all the way through. Thank you

Sunday, May 27, 2007 8:46:00 PM  
Blogger J_G said...

Nice Word, very nice.

Most of all teach the children about freedom and sacrifice and why they are important.

"Non sibi sed patriae" (Not self but country) That is the old US Navy motto.

Monday, May 28, 2007 12:40:00 AM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

flag gazer, I had no idea. There a few more images of Zembiec's funeral in the video.

bushwack, lol. That occurred to me as well; and I really did want to post something new that would wedge between this post and the Rosie photo...but I just didn't come up with anything. Apologies.

Thanks to everyone else for your comments and/or link ups. Please note, though: New version

Monday, May 28, 2007 2:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Mario Sechi said...

I just added the video on my blog. Exceptional.Thanks from a proud Italian friend of the United States.
Ciao... and God bless America.

Monday, May 28, 2007 4:22:00 AM  
Blogger Elmer's Brother said...

Great thanks for the video

Anchors Aweigh

Monday, May 28, 2007 10:58:00 AM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...


I hope it was the new version you added. And why isn't your name clickable?

elmer's brother, thanks for stopping by and weighing in.

Monday, May 28, 2007 1:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Cary's brother's cousin's father's friend said...

I was just seeing if this went through lol

Monday, May 28, 2007 2:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Mario Sechi said...

Wordsmith, yes, is the new version.
I am the Deputy Editor of il Giornale newspaper and a contributor from Italy for Pajamas Media.

Thursday, May 31, 2007 2:18:00 AM  
Blogger mario said...

Sorry, this is my blog address:

Thursday, May 31, 2007 2:25:00 AM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

mario, thanks for following up. Yes, I had figured it out, by going to the YouTube video and seeing where the vid was being linked. Thanks for posting it up at your place.

Thursday, May 31, 2007 11:23:00 PM  

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