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A one-of-a-kind documentary that centers on America's highest award for valor in combat is in the final stages inside a Knoxville production house.

"We thought it would be great as our legacy project to create an hour-long documentary on the history of the Medal of Honor itself, how it came into being, (and) why it is the nation's highest honor," said Ed Hooper, who is the lead producer of a documentary titled "Medal of Honor: The History." Mr. Hooper has led a team of five during the last 18 months tracking down rarely seen documents and pictures that explain the colorful past of a medal dating back to the Civil War.

"The fact of the matter is 90 percent of this documentary is things that nobody has ever seen before," said Mr. Hooper from a swivel chair at a digital edit station inside RIVR Media Interactive headquarters in Knoxville. Mr. Hooper recalls one of the surprising personal discoveries during his research was realizing much of the nation's history is not preserved in government warehouses, museums, or universities, but rather in the hands of private families who made it a point to preserve their own past.

The documentary runs close to an hour. The Knoxville Medal of Honor convention commissioned it and is paying for the production and distribution through private sponsorships. That is the same group responsible for helping host the living Medal of Honor recipients set to gather in Knoxville in the fall of 2014.

The documentary premiere will be held in Washington, D.C. on March 24th. The first showing in Knoxville will be March 31st at the Regal Riviera 8 downtown. Tickets are available starting February 15th and you can find more information at www.etvma.org.

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