Did you know that Kristin and I are donating one-half the proceeds from the book? God knows where this will take us, but if the story inspires enough people, we want to use it to serve something bigger than ourselves - not to lighten hardships, but to help young people navigate them.
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A story of empowerment, encouragement, and inspiration.
Here are just a few video highlights from the last couple of years, a complete list is at the right. Just click the link to watch.
Mark & Oldest Son, Matthew sing
Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff talks at End of Service Ceremony
Minnesota Vikings Honor
Minn. Family Builds Elaborate
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Articles & Podcasts
Mark Weber talks about "Tell My Sons," what inspired him to write it, and how no one should ever give up fighting for a full life. Matt, Joshua, and Noah share their thoughts on the book as well.
[Partial Interview only, full clip to come] - 06/05/13
Click here for a video of Mark addressing The 2012 Charlie Class at The Mission Continues. - 06/14/2013
Click here for video interview with Mark on being able to laugh in spite of several misdiagnoses and on energizing people through his tragedy.
Original interview 3/3/2013, updated 06/13/2013.
CBS Minnesota – June 2013
Live interview of Mark shortly following Memorial day discussing the book, the meaning of sacrifice and thankfulness, family life and military life. 6/02/13
"Twin Cities Live" (ABC) - May 2013 - Tell My Sons Live interview of Mark in studio on the news regarding Random House’s purchase of “Tell My Sons,” as well as some discussion about the contents.
"Twin Cities Live" (ABC) - January 2013 - Tell My Sons Video essay on Mark, and the creation and publication of the book “Tell My Sons.”
Mark, Kristin, and the boys are interviewed on national cable television’s “Raising America” with Kyra Phillips. Mark answers why he stays so busy despite a terminal diagnosis. Oldest son Matthew describes what his dad is teaching him. Kristin describes her husband as “driven.” Retired General and former CIA Director David Petraeus calls into the show and explains how the book has inspired him. 2/18/2013
KARE 11 (NBC) Saturday Morning Book interview. Mark talks about how he’s feeling, what his wife and kids are going through as they fight this battle, and a little bit about his life in the Army. 12/17/2012
WCCO (CBS) Story - Dying Soldier Writes Books to his 3 Sons WCCO story on Tell My Sons. Focuses on the background of the book and Mark’s attitude on life. 11/14/2012
US Military’s Top General, General Martin Dempsey, flies to Minnesota to
honor the Webers - August 16, 2012
The US’s highest ranking military officer provides a ten-minute living eulogy of Mark that captures the essence of how and why Mark has been able to make such an impact on himself and so many other people.
Lt Col Mark Weber bids an emotional farewell, speaks a little Kurdish, and spends most of his time paying tribute to his wife, Kristin, and the life of an Army spouse.
Channel 9 FOX News: Guardsman Honored After 23 Years of Service Captures two incredibly impactful quotes from General Dempsey about Mark's impact on him. And also focuses on what Mark intends to do with what has happened to him (i.e. it's not a eulogy; it's a call to action!)
A more personal story about the meaning of the ceremony, the personal connection with GEN Dempsey, and a snipit of Mark trying not to break apart in his comments about Kristin. Covered by Jana Shortal, the same reporter who covered Mark’s speech at the Army Birthday.
CBS Story, Retirement. Captures a full quote and my personal focus for the night - to honor Kristin. Also reflects some of the remarks I made in Kurdish, and a remark from GEN Dempsey about something I’ve taught him that choked him up a little.
Lt Col Mark Weber Speaks at Army Birthday then Sings with Oldest Son, Matthew
June 14, 2012
Just two weeks before this speech, Mark’s second chemo trial failed, the cancer had more than doubled in size within his liver, and he was put on full-medical leave from the Army. This speech was his last official duty.
Searching for a way to connect with his son, Matthew, and knowing that music was the best way to do that, Mark asked Matthew would sing a duet of the song that Matthew had sung to him just one year prior. Matthew not only agreed; he was flattered. "I was kind of surprised he asked me (to sing),” Matthew said. “I figured he was just going to give another speech. I didn't think he could sing, at least not for me.”
Reporter Jana Shortal sat down with Mark and his whole family to discuss life in the Army, in combat, and with cancer, and produced this incredibly tearful story.
Mark and Matthew with the FOX Weekend morning show hosts. Pictured are Noah’s stuffed kitties, Grayone and Orange Kitty, which Matthew brought along to show he was thinking of his brothers back home.
Soldier-father and son singing a song together about a dying civil war soldier, on Father’s Day, caught the attention of national news media, and they were both flown out to FOX studios in New York City to be interviewed.
Click here for the cover story for Parade with a featured excerpt from “Tell My Sons”. 06/14/2013
An article about Tell My Sons and Mark’s thoughts on being an inspiration to others. - 06/14/2013
An article recalling Mark’s legacy including his father and son duet at Rosemont High School. - 06/14/13
A brief article on Mark’s battle with cancer and death.
Click here for a radio interview with Mark in his garden with host, Tom Weber. He discusses the limits of hope and maintaining a sense of humor as he nears death. - 06/07/13
Click here to listen to a radio conversation between Mark and Mitch Albom, author of “Tuesdays With Morrie,” who endorsed “Tell My Sons.” Mark discusses the book, his family, career, and prognosis. Mark is invited back at the end of July for another interview. 06/04/13
An article about Mark’s inspiration for writing the book and his understanding of parenthood.
A list of featured books to buy for Father’s Day, including “Tell My Sons.”
Click here to listen to a speech that Mark gave on Memorial Day at Fort Snelling. He discusses the meaning of citizenship. 05/27/13
A brief article about Mark’s life with excerpted advice from Tell My Sons. - 05/26/2013
Discusses trip to Iraq, latest health, new book deal, and his Address to the Graduating Class at West Point
KFAN 100.3 Sports Radio: Interview #2 with Lt Col Mark Weber - Listener Favorite
MPR’s “All Things Considered” w/ Tom Crann: Tell My Sons Inspires 1/30/2013
(Radio Podcast) KFAN Radio Podcast - 1/3/2013
Mitch Albom, best selling author of Tuesdays with Morrie, interviews Mark for his radio talk show in Detroit. 1/1/2013
(Huffington Post) Columnist David Murray shares what it was like to collaborate with Mark on writing the book, and explains how the process moved and changed him in big ways. 12/6/2012
(News Article) Mark is questioned on journaling, how he talks to his kids, and provides some perspective on what others may consider when doing the same. 12/11/2012
National Public Radio Interview "The Story"- with Mark and Kristin NPR interview. 12/3/2012
Atlantic Monthly (Online) - How to Admire Leaders without Thinking They're Infallible (Mark Weber and General Petraeus) Atlantic 11/21/2012
MINNPOST article by Joe Kimball. 11/17/12
Minneapolis Star Tribune article, with audio and video during and after the event, but with far greater focus on my relationship with GEN Dempsey and GEN Babakir Zibari in Iraq.
Captures photos, audio, and video of a much more extended snipit from both Mark and GEN Dempsey, as well as coverage of GEN Vessey's presence at a private gathering before the ceremony.
This article covers the Army birthday speech Mark gave at the Minnesota Historical Center – his last official task in the Army.