It’s Been a While – Memorial Day Tribute

What a tough video to do. “Hey Matt, Pat and his team suggested you do a Memorial Day Tribute”, said Branden. Deep breath.

Ok, so my team had me pull all the B-roll from footage I took years ago.

Scripting? Jeez. I needed to talk a walk, a long drive and burn a few cigars.

It was very tough to write the script…plenty revisions to say the least.

Here’s to our brothers and sisters who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

It is because I remember you, I will not take my life for granted. Semper Fidelis, SGT Sapaula, M.G.

Here it is …

“I Remember” a Memorial Day Tribute

“It’s been a while since I’ve held this uniform or put it on.
I remember the pride in which we wore it.

It’s been a while since we’ve geared up.
I remember like yesterday the missions we’ve been on.

It’s been a while since I’ve felt the heaviness of being deployed.
I remember the last chance of holding my kids before we left.

It’s been a while since we’ve flied in formation headed to the LZ.
I remember the look in your eyes approaching and when we hit the ground

It’s been a while since I’ve grabbed a beer with you.
I remember how we laughed through the madness and some for the last time.

It’s been a while since we’ve come home
I remember those that hugged their families and those that didn’t.

It’s been a while since I’ve looked at these pictures
I remember how we played GI Joe and did all this crazy shit

It’s been a while since I’ve felt this heaviness in my heart…this knot in my stomach.

It’s because I remember you as I walk the ground this day in this great country. I honor your memory, your commitment, your ultimate sacrifice. You have give up your life and what you hoped to be. It is because of that, you have given ME a chance to lead a good life. Because I remember you…I strive to be a good man, husband, a father, a son, an uncle, an entrepreneur that builds in your memory, in your light of sacrifice.

I remember you and I will not let you down.”