A film that keeps Memorial Day real is Taking Chance. A 2009 docudrama starring Kevin Bacon, and directed by Ross Katz (available on Netflix, and can be streamed on Amazon Prime), tells the story of Lt. Col. Michael Strobl, a volunteer military escort who accompanies the body of Lance Cpl. Chance Phelps to his hometown in Wyoming.

Also to note, is that this film won the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, and just broke our hearts. Watching this gave us a perspective on Memorial Day that we never had before.

A profound thank-you to all who serve.

Love, Nora



  • Amen to that!!!

  • Thank you for sharing this and your own evocative image of flags from so many pasts.

  • Love this post, and plan to watch movie, thank you for helping me to stop life for a moment and be thankful.

  • Yes, I’ve seen this movie. Absolutely heart shattering but a must-see film. I wish it was shown in the schools. Outstanding.

  • Sue Morrison says:
    May 29, 2017 at 4:53 pm Reply

    The most powerful movie you will ever see. Kevin Bacon is outstanding. Thank you to all who serve.

  • Fantastic movie! Cry every time I see it.

  • Chris Wells says:
    May 30, 2017 at 7:06 am Reply

    Outstanding movie. Thank you for mentioning it. Little movies, like this one, often get lost if not for word of mouth. I found it and watched it on Amazon last night. It was an appropriate way to end Memorial Day!

  • One of the reasons many Americans have lost the importance of Memorial Day is because, like many other holidays, it has become nothing more than a commercial opportunity. Too many communities completely forget to honor the fallen and the real reason behind Memorial Day. Years ago, every community had something: a parade, a program, etc. to commemorate Memorial Day. While it’s certainly not a ‘sin’ to enjoy a camping weekend, the start of vacation season, barbecue with friends and family, etc., first we must all stop and remember the real reason for Memorial Day. In that remembering, we become thankful for the sacrifices of so many in the preservation of our freedoms we enjoy.

  • This is a really good movie. We liked it so much, and I thought it was so good to see how these men and women who’ve lost their lives are cared for in such an amazing way.

  • Kate Johnson says:
    June 9, 2017 at 2:59 pm Reply

    Every American should watch this profound film… every single American. Such sacrifice… honor…love…
    Thank you for recommending it, I hadn’t heard about it.

  • I saw this movie several years ago and I have watched several times recently. You forget how deep and powerful patriotism can be to a family and a community.

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