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Red Bull film Memorial Day screened at Camp Ripley

CAMP RIPLEY, Minn " More than 300 hundred Soldiers and civilians attended private screenings of the film "Memorial Day" at Camp Ripley on April 14, 2012 

Memorial Day

In addition to the Soldiers and civilians at the screening, members of the cast, Jeff Traxler a producer, the director Sam Fischer and the post commander of Camp Ripley, Col Scott St Sauver, were also in attendance 
 
"The advance screening at Camp Ripley was a small way to say thank you to the Soldiers who helped inspire this film,",said Fischer

Created by Minneapolis-based Perspective Films, "Memorial Day" is about a 13-year old Minnesota boy who discovers his grandfather's World War II footlocker  The boy strikes a deal with his grandfather, he can pick three objects inside, and grandpa will tell him stories about each one The boy grows up and joins the Minnesota National Guard, and deploys to Iraq  While in combat he finds that his grandfather's combat experiences parallel his own 

Camp Ripley was chosen as a site for the private screening because it was the training area where the "Red Bulls", who are depicted in the film, went through their final pre-deployment training  "It was an honor having the cast and director of "Memorial Day" here at Camp Ripley," said St Sauver 

At an evening showing of the film, which had more than 200 Soldiers in attendance, the audience really demonstrated their support  "We worked very hard to ensure the authenticity of the film, but I was overwhelmed with gratitude when the Soldiers at Camp Ripley gave us a standing ovation after they saw the movie," said Fischer

At the afternoon screening, and at the conclusion of the second screening, Fischer and cast members signed movie posters for audience members "This is a great film and it was very thoughtful of the director and producers to allow us to watch this special screening," said movie attendee Lt Col Lowell Kruse 

Memorial Day is scheduled for release through the Army and Air Force Exchange Service on May 22  It will be available to the general public on May 29 

April 14, 2012
Story and photos by Maj John Donovan
Camp Ripley Public Affairs Office



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