INSP Teams with The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration to Honor Vietnam Veterans and Their Families
October 1, 2013
The family entertainment network’s video tribute to Vietnam Veterans -- “Thank You For Your Service” – becomes a centerpiece of Commemorative Partnership Program
Indian Land, SC– The family entertainment network INSP expanded its commitment to veterans recently by partnering with The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration and providing the Commemoration with the network’s video, entitled “Thank You For Your Service,” a moving homage to Vietnam Veterans.
The video, part of INSP’s critically-acclaimed Moments series, is presented throughout the country by the Commemoration as part of its mission to assist a grateful nation in thanking and honoring Vietnam Veterans and their families.
INSP is among the first media outlets to join a growing and wide ranging list of Commemorative Partners supporting the efforts of the Congressionally-chartered United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration. In so doing, INSP will have an important role as a grateful nation thanks and honors millions of Vietnam Veterans and their loved ones for their service, valor and sacrifice; especially those made by America’s Gold Star families whose loved ones were killed during the war, or the families of missing in action and unaccounted for servicemembers.
As part of becoming a Commemorative Partner, the official commemoration flag and certificate, signed by the Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was presented to INSP Chairman and Chief Executive Officer David Cerullo during a ceremony held at the Commemoration office in Arlington, Va.
During the ceremony, Lieutenant General Claude “Mick” Kicklighter, United States Army (Retired), specifically cited the influence of the network’s video. “I have had the privilege of playing this video for thousands of people around the country. This stirring tribute never fails to inspire deep emotions. It has helped bring healing and encouragement to true patriots, many of whom have felt taken for granted and ignored.”
“On behalf of the staff at INSP, I humbly accept this flag and certificate from The United States Vietnam War Commemoration Committee,” said Cerullo. “It is gratifying to know that ‘Thank You For Your Service’ has had such a powerful impact. Our goal has been to honor our veterans. We are so gratified for the way this video has touched so many lives.”
“Thank You For Your Service” has been featured on the Pentagon Channel and USAA’s web channels, as well as several national conventions and conferences, to include the American Legion, Veteran of Foreign Wars, Vietnam Veterans of America, Jewish War Veterans, Society of Air Force Nurses, and League of POW/MIA Families. INSP currently is in production on another veteran series entitled, “Moments of Valor,” a joint partnership with the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation.
“We have pledged to continue this campaign to honor our veterans,” Cerullo said. “As part of our work with The Vietnam War Commemoration Committee, INSP is donating 1000 specially designed videos of ‘Thank You For Your Service’ for distribution to veterans. It is our hope that this small gesture will have a lasting impact. We are proud to be a Commemorative Partner of this great organization.”
MOMENTS is an INSP original, short-form inspirational video series that celebrate love, faith, valor and other timeless truths in action. The pieces range in formats that include documentary, narrative and interviews, with each sharing an uplifting story of hope. The videos air as a public service throughout the day on INSP. They also are available on a special web site, www.moments.org.
The MOMENTS series champions family, friendship, morality, honor, and inspiration, and seeks to be a cultural influence of wisdom and truth. The series (which has been awarded the Seal of Approval from the Parents Television Council and the Gold Prize at the CBC Media Awards in London) has been used by the U.S. Department of Defense, the United States Army, USAA, and the American Legion.
“Thank You for Your Service” was written and produced by Thomas Torrey, V.P. of Short Form Programming, for INSP. Executive Producer for the series is Jim Goss, SVP Creative Services, On-Air Promotions, and Short-Form Programming.
INSP is available in more than 75 million households across the U.S. via cable, telcos and DBS. Viewers can check their local program guides for channel information. For quality dramas, positive entertainment and inspiring stories, celebrating the American Spirit and honoring timeless traditional values, it’s INSP. Welcome Home!
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About The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration:
In accordance with Public Law 110-181 SEC.598; Congress authorized the Secretary of Defense to conduct a program to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War and "in conducting the commemorative program, the Secretary shall coordinate, support, and facilitate other programs and activities of the Federal Government, State and local governments, and other persons and organizations in commemoration of the Vietnam War." One of the major ways the Commemoration plans to accomplish this noble mission is by recruiting Commemorative Partners throughout America. The Commemorative Partner Program is designed for federal, state and local communities, private industry, academic institutions, military units and installations, veterans' groups, and other nongovernmental organizations to assist a grateful nation in thanking and honoring our Vietnam Veterans and their families. It costs nothing to become a Commemorative Partner. Commemorative Partners participate by planning and conducting events and activities that will recognize and honor the service, valor, and sacrifice made by Vietnam Veterans and their families.
John Roos, SVP Corporate Communications