Having the veterans tell their stories from the deck of USS The Sullivans is a key visual element of a special program WJXX is airing tomorrow, Voices of Valor WWII 75 Years Later.
WJXX, the ABC affiliate in Jacksonville, Fla., was granted special access to shoot on the deck of USS The Sullivans, a U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer, for a special program its airing about WW II veterans. WJXX is part of Tegna’s duopoly with WTLV, the NBC affiliate in Jacksonville, collectively branded as First Coast News.
Voices of Valor WWII 75 Years Later, airs tomorrow night on WJXX at 7.
First Coast News anchors Jeannie Blaylock and Lewis Turner traveled across the Jacksonville region prior to the pandemic, visiting with World War II veterans to document what they endured.
“It is our responsibility to make sure the future remembers what these veterans did,” Blaylock says. “Their sacrifices allow us to have the freedoms and liberties we enjoy today.”
Having the veterans telling their stories from the deck of USS The Sullivans, which was docked at Naval Station Mayport, was a key visual element of the program.
The ship includes a decorated history of its own.
USS The Sullivans was named in honor of the five Sullivan brothers, aged 20 to 27, who lost their lives when their ship, USS Juneau, was sunk by a Japanese submarine during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal in November, 1942. This was the greatest military loss by any one American family during World War II. She was also the first ship commissioned in the Navy that honors more than one person.
Marketing Creative Manager Paul Bulluck, who executive-produced the special, says “Being able to talk and listen to these veterans who served in WWII 75 years ago is truly a blessing. It is our responsibility to make sure the future remembers what these veterans did. Their sacrifices allow us to have the freedoms and liberties we enjoy today.”
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