“Of Noble Deeds,” explores important aspects of the U.S. Army by focusing on the core values of the American Soldier. The title comes from a speech by Joshua Chamberlain—who earned a Medal of Honor at the Battle of Gettysburg and was selected to receive the Confederate surrender of arms at Appomattox—to a group of combat veterans in 1888, “Noble records that have been made are to be nobly kept…. The power of noble deeds is to be preserved and passed on to the future.” Chamberlain’s call to remember the Army’s past and preserve it for future generations is at the heart of the approximately 12-minute film. It offers an overview of Army history and explores the importance of service to one’s country.
By blending Army history and contemporary events, the film also highlights Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless-Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage—the core values of the American Soldier. Quotes from those who have served are juxtaposed with historical photographs and scenes that help tell the stories of real Soldiers and offer a connection to the individuals who are honored throughout the Museum.