Memorial Day: Welcome Home Veterans

by 1389 on May 28, 2012

in 1389 (blog admin), Chicago, heroes, history, military, Serbia, World War I, World War II

The Eagle Cried ~ Vietnam Veterans Tribute

Uploaded by jezzon1 on May 19, 2010

The Eagle Cried
“The Eagle Cried” Written and recorded by US Army Major J Billington. This song was written in honor of the sacrifices of Vietnam veterans, who did not receive the hero’s welcome that they deserved when they came home from the fight. This song was written for and performed at the 13th Combat Aviation Battalion Reunion at Fort Rucker, Alabama, held on May 15, 2010. To the Vietnam veterans that may find and watch this video, please accept my humble “Thank you for your service, and welcome home!” J Billington May 19, 2010

I stood and watched this parade for hours. Being of a stoic turn of mind, few things bring tears to my eyes, but this did.

Chicago Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Parade – Part 1

Uploaded by WelcomeHome2011 on Jan 18, 2011

On June 13, 1986, the Chicago Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Parade became the largest parade of its kind in the history of America. Over 200,000 veterans and their families marched proudly down the streets of Chicago to the applause of over 300,000 spectators. It was an emotional and inspirational day designed to be a healing celebration. If you were there you will never forget it.

Chicago Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Parade – Part 2

Chicago Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Parade – Part 3

Chicago Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Parade – Part 4

VJ Day, Honolulu Hawaii, August 14, 1945

by Richard Sullivan 2 years ago

67 Years Ago my Dad shot this film along Kalakaua Ave. in Waikiki capturing spontaneous celebrations that broke out upon first hearing news of the Japanese surrender. Kodachrome 16mm film: God Bless Kodachrome, right? I was able to find an outfit ( to do a much superior scan of this footage to what I had previously posted, so I re-did this film and replaced the older version There are more still images from this amazing day, in color, at

Many people email me to ask where I got my scan done, so I decided to post my standard reply here for those thinking about it:

I sent the same sample to 5 different video transfer services and all were horrible. Then I discovered, and I chose them to do my scan.

The person below wrote recently to give me this intriguing lead, but I haven’t checked it out yet:

“Have you considered having this film scanned on a “real” scanner. Check out 1080p scan for $.01/frame HD or $.02/frame 2K. He’s scanning on a Spirit 2K. 100′ of film costs $36… That’s an insanely cheap prices. I’d love to see it in HD! Thanks for posting!!!”

My film is 16mm and thus has much more information than an 8mm film, so I would investigate the HD option if you have 8mm film in order to get the best quality.

iMovie is an easy program to learn and allowed me to improve contrast and color.

The sample I sent was NOT my precious VJ Day film, but an equally old short film I bought on eBay for $15 for this exact purpose. I didn’t want to risk the VJ Day film until I was happy with’s results.

Good luck. Do your homework online.

Tell mymovietransfer that Richard Sullivan sent you if you contact them, and only go with a company that will do an inexpensive sample for you first.

You will need to supply a portable storage device for the scanned files. They will supply one, but it will most likely cost more than if you buy your own.

We owe the Serbs some gratitude!! Interview with WW2 veteran hero, Art Jibilian

Uploaded by on Jan 9, 2012


Interview with WW2 veteran hero, Art Jibilian, We owe the Serbs some gratitude!!
Who knew about this?? Did our country or the rest of the world broadcast this?? No!!!

The Serb citizens and Serb guerilla fighters in Nazi controlled Yugoslavia hid, clothed, fed and risked their own lives protecting over 500 American troops that had been shot down over Yugoslavia. General Draza Mihailovich of the Serbian opposition fighters worked with US military leadership to organize this huge, ultra- secret mission that ultimately allowed for the safe return home of 500 US service men.

This was the largest rescue mission in the history US military warfare but we only hear about the “Great Escape” that saved 200 US prisoners of war!! 300 more US troops were saved in this operation but we don’t hear about it!!! VERY SAD!!!! Google “Halyard Mission” for more information on this exciting mission!

General Draza Mihailovich was eventually captured but the government refused to allow our service men to testify on his behalf and he was hung for treason.

The troops told of the hospitality and kindness of the poor Serbians who kept them out of harms way! One troop talked about how little the Serbs had to offer but were more than willing to share!! This is the same experience I have had in Serbia!!!

Everyone stand and give the Serbs a round of applause and the thanks deserve!!! Why did we turn our back on Serbia in the 90′s?? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm….

© 2011| Serbian Heroes of world war 1 | HD | Created by SRBdevis2000

Uploaded by SRBdevis2000 on Mar 9, 2011

The Serbian Campaign was fought from late July 1914, when Austria-Hungary invaded Serbia at the outset of the First World War, until late 1915, when the Macedonian Front was formed. The front ranged from the Danube to southern Macedonia and back north again, involving forces from almost all combatants of the war.

The Serbian Army declined severely towards the end of the war, falling from about 420,000 at its peak to about 100,000 at the moment of liberation. The Kingdom of Serbia lost 1,100,000 inhabitants during the war (both army and civilian losses), which represented over 27% of its overall population. According to the Yugoslav government in 1924: Serbia lost 265,164 soldiers, or 25%, of all mobilized people. By comparison, France lost 16.8%, Germany 15.4%, Russia 11.5%, and Italy 10.3%.

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1 Mike May 28, 2012 at 12:15 pm

A little off-topic, but well worth a watch:

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