Never forget.

Posted September 10th, 2010 by Jim Ettwein


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10 Responses to “Never forget.”

  1. Iron Mike

    TY RR. This one’s for Amy and Phil! They should never have been murdered, but they have made us all stronger and more resolved!

  2. Jim Samuels

    There’s a reason why the Bud commercial was only aired once. Using horses to peddle a product against a backdrop of one of our greatest tragedies was pretty darn embarrassing for the people at Anheuser Busch.
    It was a very bad idea. Sometimes no commercialization is the best product.

  3. Rabid Republican

    As I heard it, they intended to only air it once. They wanted to pay tribute to NYC but didn’t want to make money from it.
    http://www.snopes.com/rumors/tributes/budweiser.asp

    rr

  4. Iron Mike

    TO: RRB Commenter Jim Samuels

    “Using horses to peddle a product against a backdrop of one of our greatest tragedies was pretty darn embarrassing for the people at Anheuser Busch.
    It was a very bad idea. Sometimes no commercialization is the best product.”
    ~ ~ ~

    I see it very differently Jim,

    The Budweiser Clydesdales have been an American icon in my life since I fist saw them as a kid at the county fair.

    Those gentle giants let me feed them and pet their legs. I couldn’t reach any higher. I see them as a clean wholesome symbol of a great American product made in a great American tradition and delivered in a great American tradition. There is a reason why truck drivers are called Teamsters.

    So I saw the message for exactly what AB intended – a great American symbol paying homage to another. I saw the piece not as a “commercial” – but a message of respect.

  5. B Howell

    It’s a beautiful tribute, not a commercial. Please note; there are no humans in this short film. I saw this the only time it was aired and have spoken of it often.

  6. dannap

    Fantastic entries. Thank you RR. I missed the Budweiser tribute the year it aired. Thanks so much for bringing it back. Truly magnificent . . . that these beautiful beasts can be taught to bow in unison. Moreover, it is a dignified remembrance with no political message. Many thanks. I am a MarineMom whose son was so moved on that day, that he began making his own decision that would drive his own life choices. He shared his fears, worries, and commitments with no one that day. It was his senior year in high school. The impact that this tribute has is monumental. It gives credence to the level of commitment of young men and women who chose a career of service rather than safety.

  7. Jim Samuels

    Are you serious? This is a commercial and the horses do not bow in unison, it is digitally enhanced. “No political message.” No, just a commercial designed as a tribute to fallen heros. We have enough images from that day without commercializing the heroes and Clydesdales are not an American breed of horse.

    Ronald Reagan and Martin Luther King are great American symbols.
    These are just big smelly beasts pulling a beer wagon.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~
    And you “Jim Samuels” are becomming a smelly blog maggot! /s/ Iron Mike

  8. Rabid Republican

    This is a useless argument. I have received numerous positive comments. Regardless of the motivation, if people see this as a positive thing, what’s the beef? Yours is the only negative that we’ve gotten. And several sources have confirmed that this was done to pay respect to those in NYC, not as a commercial. rr

  9. dannap

    To Jim Samuels . . .

    I do not have a trained digital eye. Guilty as charged. Gullible? To some extent, yes. But I do recognize that the impact was not meant to be of the Clydesdales’ movements, but to create an aura of respect and appreciation for the lives of those who were affected by 9/11.

    Clydesdales are not an American breed of horse.
    Did I miss something? Did anyone claim that Clydesdales were of any particular origin? Is this relevant?

    Ronald Reagan and Martin Luther King are great American symbols.
    I believe you meant Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Yes, I concur. He and Ronald Reagan are great symbols of America, though they earned their place in history in very different ways.

    Not a political message . . . commercializing those who died.
    As the mother of a precious son who died in Iraq, I can tell you that tributes to 9/11 and to Fallen Heroes only bring comfort and a feeling of wellness. It is empowering to realize that there are still Americans who recognize that preserving our liberties has been paid for with LIFE.

  10. Rabid Republican

    I think Mr. Samuels is just intent on finding fault with this. I don’t know why. And, dannap, if you got meaning out of it, and felt it spoke to you, don’t worry about another’s opinion of it. Some people will see negatives no matter what the message is. rr

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