Lone Survivor - Marcus
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saw the movie "Lone Survivor", based on the book by Navy Seal Marcus
Luttrell. I read the book when it came out and I had the opportunity to
meet Marcus when he spoke at the Union League here in Chicago in 2012. It
was an absolute honor to meet Marcus, his lovely wife, and Mr Rigby
(Marcus's dog who goes with him everywhere).
I went to
ask Marcus to sign his book to the nephew of a dear friend of mine,
Teresa. Her nephew, "Will" is a young Hero who bravely fights cystic
fibrosis. I'll never forget what Marcus wrote in his book to Will:
"Will, Never Quit Brother, The World Is Yours"
That meant the
world to Will! The world is his because of brave men like Marcus!
I am so very
grateful to Marcus, Mark Wahlberg and all those involved in the making of
this beautiful movie. Yes, I said it was a beautiful movie. I had the
honor to witness the most intense love between Brothers who fought and
gave they very best they had. On that mountain, 4 Brothers made the
most noble decision to let the "brown" goat herders live because that was
the only thing their noble hearts allowed them to do. 4 Brave American
Warriors went up that mountain, and only one brave American Warrior came
down. Most of the movie takes place on the mountain, as it should. I am
grateful and honored that I was allowed to have witnessed the
insurmountable guts and courage of these brave Americans. They fought to
the bitter end and THEY NEVER QUIT!
In the end,
Marcus is taken in by a Pashtun tribal leader. This brave 'brown" Pashtun man
takes care of Marcus and fights the Taliban to keep Marcus safe, just as
the "white" man Marcus had fought the Taliban for him. The ending was so
very beautiful. It reminded me of what my Son, who served 4 deployments,
told me one time, "Ma, there are good people here who just want to live a
good life, just like we do." Marcus and his Brothers were trying to make
that possible for all of us, brown, black white, yellow, for all mankind.
As I drove home,
I had to pull the car over. There were tears for these beautiful brave
Warriors and all their Brothers, and for all the brave men and women who
have lost their lives and limbs in this war. My heart grieves for all the
silent mothers and fathers whose sons and daughters gave their last full
measure of devotion. I know they have stories too yet they move silently
among us, so stoic and courageous they are, quietly remembering and
honoring their noble Warriors, who gave their lives so that we live free.
I worry about them and I pray for them all.
And then there
was anger. As I sat there, there was one image that I couldn't get out of
my mind. It was the image of the Iraqi women with the purple finger,
proudly and happily showing that she, for the first time in her life, was
able to vote in a free and fair election, This "brown" Iraqi woman was
able to vote, due to the brave sacrifices of the men and women of the
United States Military.
election in November, I've been angry with those who didn't vote in the
last election. I have sincerely apologized to our Troops for the 3 million
so called Conservatives who failed to vote. To me, it truly was a knife
in the heart of every brave Warrior who fights and risks their lives to
preserve our wonderful way of life and to protect our most precious right
to vote in free and fair elections. I consider it my duty, in honor of
the enormous sacrifices made by all the brave American men and women of
all wars, to vote! And all the members of my family know their duty too!
We will never
take for granted this beautiful and safe way of life we enjoy everyday!
Thank you to All
The Brave Men & Women of the United States Military. We owe you our
deepest gratitude and our utmost respect and we will do our part. As you
keep fighting over there, we will keep fighting over here, and those of us
who honor your service will do our part and vote!
To Marcus, you
came down that mountain alone, but if only we could, I bet there
are millions of Americans that would fill that mountain and surround You
and Your Brothers with an abundant amount of love, deep gratitude and
respect for what you tried to do there, for all of us. Thank you for the
hope you instill in my heart that as long as there are brave men such as
you and your brothers, there is hope for all mankind. To say Thank
You just doesn't seem adequate enough. I wish for you peace and the very
best life has to offer.
With A Mother's
The Band of Mothers