Monday, June 8, 2009

"Taking Chance" HBO Special Shows the Honors Given to Our Fallen Servicemen and Women

The movie "Taking Chance" starring Kevin Bacon, which premiered in February on HBO (HBO Films did a great job) and is now out on DVD is based on the experiences of Lieutenant Colonel Michael Strobl, USMC as he escorted the remains of Lance Corporal Chance Phelps to his family in Dubois, Wyoming in 2004 for burial.  

This is not an action war movie but rather about what happens when a fallen war hero is returned home in modern day America. The remains of any American service member has a uniformed military escort assigned to ensure they are safely delivered to the next of kin and are treated with dignity and respect along the way.  

It is a practice that is rich in tradition and rituals that honor the fallen service member and their family. During this time between Memorial Day, when the country remembers its fallen warriors, and Independence Day, when we remember what they fought to preserve, this is a good time to watch this sobering movie. 

It reveals the real America out there, the one that respects those who serve the country and honors them when they make the ultimate sacrifice. This movie will stir your own pride in your country and tug on your heart as it reveals the details of one man’s experience as a military escort. -- By Olga Rivera Lasher


Julie said...

I want to thank Olga for the review of "Taking Chance". My husband, Glen, cannot stop talking about it, since he saw it on HBO. I am so glad to see it is out in the DVD format and cannot wait to get it for him for Father's Day.

Anonymous said...

I have rec'd so many emails, inquiries and comments since the review. Not surprising it got the attention of true patriots.