I hate movies that make me cry. I really hate the ones where a mother dies and the father has to raise the little girl alone. I guess that would be my biggest fear. But tonight, I watched one of my favorite movies. I have to watch this movie late at night or when I am by myself because I ALWAYS cry when I watch it. Even though I hate movies that make me cry, this has got to be one of my all time "favorite" movies. For the third or fourth time, I watched "We Were Soldiers" starring Mel Gibson tonight. And I think I set a new all-time cry record.
I won't ruin the movie for you if you haven't seen it, but I will tell you it traces the story of a Lt. Col. leading his men into war in Vietnam. You watch as his men fight bravely and then many of them die. Back home, their wives come to the door, children in their arms, to receive the telegram, "The State Department regrets to inform you...". It is heart-wrenching.
So why would I call this one of my all-time "favorite" movies if I don't like movies that make me cry? Because I cannot help but thank God for every soldier who has ever fought or ever will fight for our great nation. I cannot imagine what would be going through my mind as I tuck my daughter into bed and lay down beside my wife for the last time going off to war. I cannot imagine what a wife could say to her husband as she kisses him goodbye for what could be the last time. At the end of the movie, they show a picture of the Vietnam War Memorial where all the soldiers' names are written who gave their lives for our great country. I love this movie that makes me cry (even as I am writing this), because it reminds me what a blessing it is to live in America and the price that so many paid for me to enjoy the freedoms I have today.
God, thank you for the freedoms you have given America. Thank you for the men and women who have given their lives for this great country. Protect those who are serving even now...keep them safe and bring peace to their families. Forgive us as a nation for turning our back on You...the One who has seen us through these wars and given us the liberties we enjoy today.
If you are a war veteran or are currently serving our country and happen upon this blog...THANK YOU.
GOD BLESS AMERICA!