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Taking Chance

Posted on: August 10, 2009

A few blog entries ago, I told you about a fallen police officer’s funeral I stumbled upon one Friday morning.  I remember telling you how I got goose bumps watching his fellow officers honor him with tradition and protocol.  Well the U.S. Marine Corps (like the army and navy)  have their own send-off that is sure to move and inspire you.  This is what Taking Chance is all about. 

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Kevin Bacon stars as Lt.Col. Michael Strobl, a be-medaled member of the Marines, who volunteers to escort the body of a fallen soldier named PRIVATE FIRST CLASS CHANCE PHELPS back to his hometown in Wyoming. It’s a very simple true story but sends a very strong message about the war this country is in and shows us non-military folks the tradition and rituals they meticulously and painstakingly observe to honor their dead.  As usual, I was reduced to a big ball of tears.  

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I was so struck by how faithful they are to tradition.  Even when no one is watching, they give these fallen men and women the honor they deserve.  PFC Chance Phelps had a closed coffin because his face was unrecognizable.  And yet, they dressed him up in his formal marine attire as if he was going to be viewed.  

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Even in unguarded moments like the airport hangar, they still give their dead honor by saluting his coffin while being transported.  

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Here are some stills from the movie which I found very moving. When you get the chance, I highly recommend you watch this very relevant and poignant film. 

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I wonder where my mom kept my dad's flag?

I wonder where my mom kept my dad's flag?

While I was watching the movie, I kept asking whether we give our fallen men and women in uniforms the same honor they deserve.  I keep thinking about those 4 uniformed men who stood in attention for more than 8 hours escorting the body of our Lady in Yellow.  Must we wait until their end of days to give them the recognition they deserve?

Photo Credit: wawam photo

Photo Credit: wawam photo

I’ve embedded the trailer or Taking Chance below.  

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2 Responses to "Taking Chance"

oh my, looks like a real cry fest.

the four honor guards from last week have all been promised commendations and promotions. they also got a cash gift of 25k from butz aquino and alan cayetano.

they’re local heroes of the day. i hope we don’t forget.

Thats good to hear. We have to take care of those who take care of us…from our yayas to the unifromed men.

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