This 5-minute short-segment was a directive from Fox Sports president Eric Shanks, who was moved after attending the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack in December.
The production team drew inspiration from Johnny Cash's 'Ragged Old Flag'. The project fell into the lap of Jennifer Pransky, a Fox Sports producer who directed the "Ragged Old Flag" short. She loosely based it on Johnny Cash's song but she took some liberties to make it more relatable to a wider range of people.
“I wanted to make it seem like even though we are coming from a different place we all live in the same country,” Pransky told Variety. “The one thing that isn’t different among us is the history of our country.”
“We’re not talking about something sexy like Tom Brady, or using this time for commercials,” she said.