Former BTS Volunteer shares story about the film “My Father’s Vietnam”
Margie Belford served BTS as a volunteer in our business office. With permission, she shares her connection with the new documentary My Father’s Vietnam which is an official selection of the Connecticut Film Festival, the Red Dirt International Film Festival, and the Rhode Island International Film Festival.
“My husband, Glenn Rickert, Sr. was killed in Viet Nam in May 1970 and we had a son, then less than 1-1/2 years old, named Glenn Jr. When Glenn was 15 he was approached about being part of the Grand Marshall unit when the Vietnam Memorial plaque was dedicated at the Doylestown courthouse, since we were living in Sellersville, Bucks County, when his father was killed.
At that point Glenn Jr. claimed a real pride in carrying his father's name. When Glenn was a young man out of college, he started to visit The Wall each Memorial Day. He posted comments and photos of his father on the "Virtual Wall" along with his email for anyone to contact him.
Quite a few years ago, Soren Sorenson (the producer of the video) contacted him saying that his father knew Glenn's father and he would like to meet with him. He and Glenn met and talked; he told Glenn that when he was 18 his father took him to The Wall and cried when he saw Glenn's name there as well as the name of another of his father’s friends. Soren told him that he wanted to produce a documentary honoring his father and the two men his father knew who lost their lives in Vietnam.
Soren studied music and film making and had a good friend who was a professional camera man who had already done documentaries and who encouraged him. Soren then asked Glenn if he thought I would be willing to be interviewed.
After a lot of prayer I agreed and eventually he and his camera man came to interview me several years ago. As he worked on editing it, he would send to those of us who were interviewed footage for our comments and acceptance. Last August the video was featured at a Film Festival in Rhode Island and it won acclaim, and was subsequently featured at two other Film Festivals within the past two months.
I'm still a little numb whenever I view it. On the clip, the soldier holding the baby is my husband (he was starting adoption procedures for the little girl named Lan, but that fell through when he was killed). The wedding photo is of us, along with other photos of Glenn shown in the clip.
I’m not sure where this all is going, but Glenn Jr. and I are thankful that his father was honored in this way. During the war itself, there was so much turmoil and our soldiers were not honored for their sacrifice at that time like they should have been. It has been healing for all of us.”
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