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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, March 14, 2010

HBO, Missouri offering chance to give thanks

 •  Vets struggle to readjust

Advertiser Staff and News Services

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Cdm. Robert F. Willard, commander, U.S. Pacific Command, was one of the first to send a message to the troops via the HBO Pacific Tribute Campaign Kiosk at the Battleship Missouri Memorial.

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Cable television's HBO and the Battleship Missouri Memorial are partnering to give visitors the opportunity to record video "thank you" messages that will become part of a national tribute to U.S. troops.

Select video tributes will be collected via special kiosks at the USS Missouri for a montage that will appear on HBO.com and will be distributed through partnerships with military and veterans organizations.

HBO "Pacific Tribute Campaign" kiosks at the Missouri's pierside Victory Store will allow visitors to thank veterans and active military with a 30-second video message.

The kiosk uses a new technology, called MeTV, that lets people record a high-definition video and e-mail it to any address.

All videos recorded at the Battleship Missouri Memorial will go directly to HBO, where selected videos will be included in the national montage.

There is also an option to send the video directly to a soldier, for those with a friend or family member currently serving.

The HBO Pacific Tribute Campaign kiosk is at the Battleship Missouri Memorial through Memorial Day, May 31. Memorial hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"We are proud to be part of this national project to let our troops know how much we appreciate their dedication to serving our country," said Michael A. Carr, president and chief operating officer of the memorial.

"The Battleship Missouri Memorial is committed to honoring those who served our country and recognizing the sacrifices and contributions of our active-duty soldiers and their families. In fact, it is our daily honor to host military ceremonies, ranging from re-enlistments, to promotions, to retirements, free of charge for individual service members."

The tribute campaign coincides with the premiere of HBO's miniseries "The Pacific," based on the true stories of World War II Marines. "The Pacific" debuts today.