I say freedom is won through the blood of someone's son." - Bruce Springsteen
My lady friend Julie (Albany NY) picked up a DVD yesterday, entitled
=> "THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE" (2018/Universal Pictures)
She often sees me online discussing THE KINGSTON TRIO or PETER, PAUL & MARY...
or Canada's favourite son, LEONARD COHEN....to AMERICANS !!!
I keep forgetting most people on this Board are American.
Many of you are Veterans who have risked their lives fighting
wars. You've seen your buddies killed or severely injured, in battle.
Some of you might even be suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
It is something we don't really think about here in Canada.
We certainly don't talk about it, and it hardly ever enters any
of our conversations.
Sure, we've got Remembrance Day, where we give out Poppies and
recite the poem "In Flanders Fields" (written by Lt-Col John McCrae).
But we generally go on with our lives....taking much for granted.
So Julie thought seeing this movie: "THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE",
which had been inspired by TRUE EVENTS, would be a very IMPORTANT DVD
to own.. and to keep in our house. To tell you the truth, it is a
hard movie to watch...but it is definitely one I would watch again.
It never dawned on me, all the suffering that goes on after an American soldier comes home.
Family lives are in turmoil; so forsaken, so complicated, and at times, so HORRIFYING.
The movie focuses on Sergeant Adam Schumann and two other soldiers
who return home from Iraq. The process of leaving combat and going
back to the United States seemed as simple as getting on that plane.
But standing on the tarmac again in the arms of loved ones would be
merely a first step in the long and exacting journey of actually
"THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE" focuses on three soldiers who struggle
to integrate back into family and civilian life, while at the same time ---
living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after
they've left the battlefield.
Just to let you know I'll be gone for awhile. I don't know how long.
Right now, we've got our own little private battles going on
between two families here in Montreal and neighbouring Toronto.
Thank you Ken Laing for doing such an outstanding job running Kingston
Crossroads, for what seems to be a hundred years !!!
At times there's been a hell of a lot to deal with -- but you've always handled
everything in a superb way; very professional and very classy.
Happy trails to all of you until we meet again...
=> Folk On Everyone, Folk On !!!
And from the bottom of my heart (+ Julie's too) ---
to all AMERICAN VETERANS out there....
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE