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WASHINGTON — The Military Channel will celebrate Valentine’s Day by airing 24 hours of video messages from troops serving downrange to their loved ones back home.

Officials from the military’s Digital Video and Imagery Distribution System have been collecting the valentines for the past few weeks, sending public affairs crews to bases throughout Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait.

The Military Channel, part of the Discovery Channel network, will begin airing those messages at 6 a.m. Feb. 14, and continue showing the clips until 6 a.m. Feb. 15.

The valentine marathon will not be broadcast on AFN. Channel officials said they hope to post portions of the daylong celebration on their Internet site after Feb. 14, at http://military.discovery.com.

The move also corresponds with the launch of the channel’s “Minutes from the Front” feature; Clips of video submitted from soldiers overseas will be aired at the top of each hour, giving viewers a look at military life outside the United States.

Visit www.mywardiary.com to learn more about that feature or to submit a video.

DVIDS officials have been collecting holiday video messages for the past three years, and posting them online for friends and family back home to view.

The camera crews notify base personnel when they travel into an area, so troops interested in recording a message should contact their commanders to find out if their location is on the upcoming schedule.

Visit www.dvidshub.net to see the Valentine’s Day messages and past holiday greetings.

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