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Conservatives, patriots, military veterans, families and close friends of military, and plain average Americans will instantly get this movie. There’s no surprise in it for them, although it is gripping from beginning to end. But this movie wasn’t made for them, not really. It was made for the person who doesn’t quite *get* it. If you have allowed yourself to be persuaded by those who:
but something in your heart gives you the lie, that recognizes something dissonant about it late at night, when it’s just you and your thoughts….
then this movie is for you. Because you don’t get America, but you could. Somewhere in you beats the heart of an American. And there is something splendid, wonderful, and liberating about finally surrendering to the beauty of America.
Taking Chance is the true story of the journey, in April 2004, of the body of PFC Chance Phelps — killed in action — from Iraq to his family in Wyoming, told from the journal of his military escort, LTC Michael Strobl. It was an HBO movie in 2009, and it’s since been released to DVD. You can also get it through NetFlix or the torrents.
I’ll not give you the whole story here, only a little. See it yourself. Let it speak to you, and teach you something about what lies at the heart of America. Before that, you can read Colonel Strobl’s original journal about it, published by BlackFive [BlackFive = teh strong online warrior for the troops for many years] on April 27, 2004, ten days after the funeral. It’s not that long of a read, and it’ll prepare you some for the power that the movie will extend over you.
So, just a few notes that struck me, in hopes you’ll give this movie a look:
This movie is about one — one — journey like that. Since the war against militant Islamism worldwide has commenced, there have been 5703 of these journeys as of this writing, according to CentCom. Every one brought home a patriot like Chance Phelps. Every one was escorted by another devoted soldier like Michael Strobl. I can’t prove it, but I feel certain that every journey like this was touched similarly by many grateful Americans along the way.
Why? Because this is America, and these are Americans. Like we always do, we learned something from our past sins and became better. America looked at its own soul after the way soldiers were treated coming home from Viet Nam, and said Never Again. Never again will we fail to honor the fallen who served, or for that matter, the living who served.
So, if you don’t get what is special about America and Americans but you would like to, then find and watch Taking Chance.