A truly special Veterans Day 2018 it was! I had the pleasure of viewing 21 Years - A Folded Flag which was incredible! There are several screenings coming up, I attended the one today on Veterans Day at South Shore Regional Vocational Technical High School over in Hanover which is where the subject of the film Richard A. Fitts graduated from. An incredible human spirit documentary indeed it was. If you are not familiar with the story, my friend. Richard A. Fitts Jr, his father made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation during the Vietnam War. He was killed in Laos on a top secret classified mission in Laos while serving with the finest soldiers in the world, Military Assistance Command Vietnam Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG). It was a very powerful film. The story of a 22 year old man from the next town over, Abington, a son of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts who volunteered to serve with the Green Berets, these guys were the best of the best. I can not say enough about this film. I wanted to share with you my thoughts after viewing this documentary because not only am I excited about this historical contribution but I have high expectations for this film that is in its infancy right now. See if you can get an opportunity to see this film because this one is a gem. Please feel free to reach out to me and I'll gladly help you find information on where a screening is this month.
Our friend, Rudolph Childs, produced this amazing documentary about an Abington, MA Vietnam War hero who was killed in action and left behind a toddler son who never really got to know him. Twenty-one years later, his remains were discovered and returned home. A folded flag was given to his son. Now, the story is being told by his son, after years of research and collected footage.
The DVD is available for sale. If you're interested, I can get a copy for you ($15). A few intimate-setting viewings are scheduled, including one in Boston at the AMC Lowes Boston Common on Nov. 28th.
I would love for all of you to see this, whether you buy a copy or make it to a viewing.
I will leave you with the MACVSOG motto on this Veterans' Day, because it really says it all:
"You have never lived until you have almost died. For those who have fought for it, life has a special flavor that the protected will never know."