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‘Lone Survivor’ inspires patriotism

| Wednesday, February 12, 2014

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When I first picked up “Lone Survivor,” (the book, not the movie based on it) I assumed it would probably just be another story about the struggles of war and battle with lots of gore and misfortune.

Within reading the first few pages, though, I realized I was beyond mistaken. It took just one paragraph to make tears well up and one chapter to give me chills and a pounding heart. After finishing the book and a box of Kleenex later, I could only imagine the emotions I would feel seeing it on the big screen.

“Lone Survivor” is so much more than another war chronicle. Marcus Luttrell, the real-life lone survivor and author of the memoir, has had every opportunity to boost his own image via his book and national interest.

The man survived hours of immediate gunfire, as well as suffering a broken back, ribs, leg, hands and infectious wounds. Luttrell crawled strenuous miles after watching his three brothers-in-arms be killed by Afghan terrorists, and he lived to tell the story.

Instead of glorifying his own accomplishments and successes, he has unveiled one of the most glorifying war stories in history. Not only is “Lone Survivor” a mind-boggling story of bravery and true patriotism, it is the most selfless and honorable story to date of the true brotherhood of the U.S. Navy SEAL Team 6. Wanting no recognition for his own injuries and psychological damage he has suffered for our country, Luttrell has given his fallen brothers and their families a film to be proud of.

Next time you are thinking about seeing a movie, I encourage you not to waste your time seeing “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “American Hustle” or another “Anchorman” film.

If you’re looking for a movie that does not glamorize money, sex, drugs or fame, then “Lone Survivor” will be the best 12 bucks you’ll ever spend.

It is so refreshing to have a film out there that recognizes the courage and strength of the brave men who put on helmets for their country, rather than for their football team.

Although the helmets Luttrell and his brothers wore were not painted in gold, their bravery and honor will forever wake up the echoes of their lost men, thanks to this amazing movie.

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