May 16, 2013
SUBJECT: THANK YOU VIDEO FOR VIETNAM VETERANS CREATED BY C OF O STUDENTS GOES VIRAL
With Memorial Day right around the corner, it is fitting to remember friends and family members who have impacted our lives in some way. It also serves as a time to reflect on the sacrifices given by the men and women of the United States military. College of the Ozarks students created a thank you video to ensure that the nation’s Vietnam Veterans and families of deceased Vietnam Veterans know that their service and sacrifices were appreciated by the Millenial Generation. The video, titled “You Should Know…” was posted on YouTube April 22 at (http://youtu.be/O57oyJ9OnGQ).
“Even though we were not alive during the Vietnam War, we have learned about the sacrifices that our Vietnam Veterans made,” said Alexis Schields, who is featured in the video. “After learning that they returned home to a nation that was unwelcoming and for the most part did not appreciate their service, we felt compelled to make sure they know that our generation does care and is grateful.”
To date the video has more than 27,000 views and growing. Hundreds of Veterans have left meaningful welcome notes under the comments section, which also has turned into a reunion spot as many of the Veterans list their branch, divisions and battalions.
One such comment reads, “That was amazing. In less than 90 seconds you brought a tear to my eye and a lump in my throat. After Vietnam and 40 years in law enforcement it takes? a lot to choke me up. Thank you so much. First Battalion, Seventh Marines 67-69.”
The students hope that every Vietnam Veteran and the family members of Vietnam Veterans receive this thank you.
In March, College of the Ozarks launched an effort to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War over the next 18 months. Several events are planned for the commemoration and historical exhibits (one for the public and three for faculty, staff and students) have been placed in locations on campus. To view the Commemorative Events Calendar, go to www.cofo.edu.