Friday, July 10, 2009

Taking Chance - A Movie That Honors America's Fallen Warriors


Last night I watched a great movie called "Taking Chance". Chance is the first name of a PFC in the Marines who dies in Iraq in April of 2004. This is a movie based on a real life story. The movie is about a Marine officer assigned to escort the remains from Dover AFB to his final resting spot. The movie is quite touching and reveals the complicated process of how we return our fallen warriors to their families. My son (a member of the Maine Air National Guard) had seen the movie twice before and told me I had to see the movie so we watched it together last night. Definitely a tear-jerker but rewarding to watch. It is good to see members of our military treated with respect by the Hollywood media. I have never been a big fan of Kevin Bacon but he does a superb job in this movie.

Below is the "product description" from Amazon.com.

Based on the true experiences of Lt. Colonel Michael Strobl, who wrote eloquently of them in a widely circulated 2004 article, Taking Chance is a profoundly emotional look at the military rituals taken to honor its war dead, as represented by a fallen Marine killed in Iraq, Lance Corporal Chance Phelps. Working as a strategic analyst at Marine Corps Base Quantico in VA, Lt. Col. Strobl (Kevin Bacon) learns that Phelps had once lived in his hometown, and volunteers to escort the body to its final resting place in Wyoming. As Strobl journeys across America, he discovers the great diligence and dignity in how the military, and all those involved with preparing and transporting the body, handle their duties. Equally important, he encounters hundreds of people affected by Chances death, a vast majority of whom never knew him. This collective grieving eventually causes Lt. Col. Strobl, a veteran of Desert Storm now assigned to office duty, to probe his own guilt about not re-deploying to Iraq for the current conflict. Arriving in Wyoming, Lt. Col. Strobl completes his catharsis when he encounters Chances gracious family and friends, and discovers an extraordinary outpouring of community support.
To read more information about the movie or to order it from Amazon.com click on the link below:

Taking Chance

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