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November 20, 2013

Putting a face to history

Photographs gathered for veteran tribute video

Soldiers hugging family members. Young men and women standing tall in a black and white photograph. Men in women in uniforms and soldiers sitting next to a flag.

Those and other images flash across the screen as Dawn Fisher, of Fisher Funeral Chapel, collects photographs to create a tribute video honoring Cass County veterans.

And each photograph has a story, Fisher said.

Fisher wanted to share the stories of local veterans, she said, which in 2000 spurred her to create her first tribute video. It was shown at a fundraiser that year.

The fundraiser, held by Fisher Funeral Chapel, showed videos of World War II veterans from Cass County. In years after that, more videos were created for Korean and Vietnam War veterans in Cass County.

Fisher decided she wanted to expand the tribute video.

“I didn’t want to leave anyone out,” Fisher said. “It was so fascinating to hear everyone’s stories and I decided we need to preserve them.”

Fisher started collecting photographs for a sequel to the tribute video about three years ago. The sequel video can be seen at http://videos.lifetributes.com/168024#.

Fisher said she knew it was important to share the stories of veterans in Cass County.

“There are so many heroes out there that we don’t know because they don’t talk about it,” Fisher said.

In the years after, the original veteran tribute video has been played annually at the Cass County Rooster’s “Salute to the Armed Forces” Gala.

The photographs from the sequel tribute video can be seen on the Fisher Funeral Chapel Facebook at page under albums titled “Veterans Tribute Video Sequel Album 1 of 2” and “Veterans Tribute Video Sequel Album 2”

Fisher now has 450 photographs of WWII veterans, 250 of Korean War veterans and 200 from Vietnam veterans. The sequel video has more than 500 pictures of veterans. Her goal is to transfer all the photos from the first video so people can view and enjoy them.

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