|The Iraq Veterans Memorial is an online war memorial to honor the members of the U.S. armed forces who have lost their lives serving in the Iraq War. It is a collection of video memories from family, friends, military colleagues, and co-workers of those that have fallen. The memorial will be an online destination for people to honor and remember those we have lost.
We need your help to make this complete. If you knew a soldier who died, please contribute your own video memorial to them. There is no deadline.
You can contribute your video by either uploading a 60-second memorial to YouTube and sending the link here or by sending us the footage and we’ll upload it for you.
If you’d like to mail us your tape or DVD, we need both a photo of the soldier, and your 60 second video testimonial. The videotape can be any format, but we prefer miniDV.
Be sure to write the name and rank of the soldier on the videotape case, as well as your contact information. You will also need to fill out the photo release for the photo of the honored soldier and the video release for your video.
Please mail all this material to:
Iraq Veterans Memorial
c/o Brave New Foundation
10510 Culver Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
You can also email the photo to us here. We cannot return your videotape or photo, so if you can't replace the photo, you can just shoot video of it and include it on your video tape.
How to make a great video
We are looking for memories, stories, poems, and anecdotes about the soldier. Be sure to say the soldier's full name in the video. Talk about whatever you'd like, but decide on a particular memory or story about the soldier. You can list your favorite things about them, a list of their best qualities, or a specific story. You could tell people why they joined the army, one of their greatest achievements, or the happiest moment in their life. It's up to you. Include whatever you want your loved one to be remembered for.
- Make sure the person you are shooting is well lit. Turn on all the lights in the room.
- Look into the camera.
- Mention the name, age, rank, and date the soldier died.
- Try to have the person wear a solid color other than white.
- Try to limit the background noise (cars, wind, other people, refrigerators, televisions, radios- turn them off)
- Make sure there is no music playing and please don't add music to your video.
- Have the person you're filming sit in front of a blank wall (it doesn’t matter what color the wall is, just as long as there isn't a lot of clutter in the background)
- Try to frame your shot similar to this:
Need more help?
We would like to have a video for each soldier so if you don’t have a camera we will make our best effort to help find one in your area. If you need help finding a camera or a camera operator, please email us your contact information here.