The documentary film will be shown at the David A Howe Library, in the Nancy Howe auditorium, watch preview
By Andrew Harris
This weekend in Scio and Wellsville will be a honor the memory of Jason Dunham, the Medal of Honor recipient who died in battle during a tour in Iraq in 2004. Dunham’s high school friends, fellow military, and family have organized a big weekend, including a sold out golf tournament to establish a memorial scholarship fund.
Much of the weekend will centered around the documentary film about Dunham’s heroic death, “The Gift.” The creators of the film provide this glimpse into the film:
“The Gift is the story of Medal of Honor recipient, Corporal Jason L. Dunham and the Marines of Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines. It is a story of courage, sacrifice, and love.
How will we live… how will we make a difference?
These are the questions the Marines of Kilo Company ask themselves, as they search for a purpose and gather the strength to move forward with their lives.
The story will be told through present day interviews with the Dunham family as well as the Marines who served alongside Corporal Dunham, including Kelly Miller and Bill Hampton whose lives he saved.
The film will focus on how the events of that day have affected the men of Kilo Company over the past 15-years… drug and alcohol abuse, post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, and in some cases, suicide.
The film will culminate in the small town of Scio in Western New York, as we bring these men together – some for the first time – to meet the Dunham Family, pay their respects, and hopefully find closure to the event that changed their lives forever.”
Event organizers invite the public to attend the film showing in Wellsville at the Nancy Howe Auditorium at 2pm on Saturday July 30. The event is free but donations toward the Jason Dunham Memorial Scholarship fund are encouraged.