This morning Dave and I watched a breathtaking movie. It was Sunday appropriate, but that's besides the fact. It was, "Taking Chance".
It was a story of a Lt. Col., a volunteer military escort officer, accompanying the body of a 19-year-old Marine back to his hometown to be laid to rest.
This movie, was so touching, I don't think I've ever cried this much because of a movie. I still tear up, just thinking about it. The utter respect and honor that is shown towards our fallen service members, by not only their fellow military men, but general civilians, is amazing. This movie did take place in 2004, but I hope and pray that same respect I saw depicted in this movie, is still shown today.
One of my favorite scenes is when the casket is being loaded onto the very first plane, there are two little kids up in the airport watching what is happening below, as the Lt. Col. salutes as the casket travels up into the plane... it was just so... there are no words.
All I can say is that I hope you go and see this movie and show it to your children. So many of America's problems these days lie in the forgotten virtue of respect. Respect for the service others give so that we might live free. Respect for what great freedom we have. Respect for the hard work that is done all around us so that we may have a better life than the ones who came before.
I've always considered myself patriotic, but this movie.... it further hardened my resolve to at least bring up my children so that they might realize what great blessings we, as Americans, are blessed with.
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