On May 25th, most Americans will enjoy a day off of work. Kids will have wrapped up or will be about to wrap up another school year, and the promise of summer fun will be in the air. What’s too often forgotten is that this bonus day off came at great cost. You see, on May 25th—Memorial Day—we are meant to pause and remember, so that the sacrifices of America’s fallen war heroes are never forgotten.
My Grandpa, James Marion Lester, served in the Bastard Battalion in World War II. My dad served in the Army Reserves. Neither of them paid with their lives, but they served our country well. Mike and I can name many family members, friends, and church family who have also served our country.
This past winter Clint Eastwood produced and directed “American Sniper” starring Bradley Cooper. It was a powerful reminder that there are men and women serving our country all over the world. Some pay the ultimate price. The rest pay a price in their own right.
In honor of our veterans, I have the privilege of giving away two Blu-Ray + DVD + Digital HD copies of “American Sniper.” This is a $44.95 value! One is going to a veteran of our choosing and one is going to a civilian (that could be you).
The movie doesn’t come come out until May 19th, but I have two copies sitting beside me right now. (I know people. ;)) [Okay, the truth is I’m helping out my friends at Grace Hill Media who is handling the PR on this movie. It’s a sweet gig.]
Here’s the gist of the movie …
From director Clint Eastwood comes “American Sniper,” starring Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, whose skills as a sniper made him a hero on the battlefield. But there was much more to him than his skill as a sharpshooter.
Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield, and as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname “Legend.” However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. He is also facing a different kind of battle on the home front: striving to be a good husband and father from halfway around the world.
Despite the danger, as well as the toll on his family at home, Chris serves through four harrowing tours of duty in Iraq, personifying the spirit of the SEAL creed to “leave no one behind.” But upon returning to his wife, Taya (Sienna Miller), and kids, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind.
TO ENTER … a Rafflecopter giveaway
Now that you’ve entered to win, I encourage you and your family to pause wherever you are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation. As Moment of Remembrance founder Carmella LaSpada states: “It’s a way we can all help put the memorial back in Memorial Day.”
** This is a win/win. Even if you aren’t the lucky winner, you can buy your own copy here on the same day that this contest ends (May 19). $1 of your purchase will be donated to Wounded Warrior Project up to $1,000,000!
If you’d like to read a few more details about the movie, here they are …
Burbank, CA, April 15, 2015 – From director Clint Eastwood comes “American Sniper,” arriving onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on May 19 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, A Mad Chance Production, A 22nd & Indiana Production. “American Sniper” stars Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, whose skills as a sniper made him a hero on the battlefield. But there was much more to him than his skill as a sharpshooter.
A two-time Oscar® nominee for his work in “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle,” Cooper stars alongside Sienna Miller, Luke Grimes, Jake McDorman, Cory Hardrict, Kevin Lacz, Navid Negahban and Keir O’Donnell.
Oscar®-winning filmmaker Clint Eastwood (“Million Dollar Baby,” “Unforgiven”) directed “American Sniper” from a screenplay written by Jason Hall, based on the book by Chris Kyle, with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice. The autobiography was a runaway bestseller, spending 18 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, 13 of those at number one.
The film is produced by Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Andrew Lazar, Bradley Cooper and Peter Morgan. Tim Moore, Jason Hall, Sheroum Kim, Steven Mnuchin and Bruce Berman served as executive producers.
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My best friend from high school joined the Navy. He has been all over the world.
My Dad and Father In Law both served- my Dad continues to serve by standing with the patriot guard- he stood at my FIL’s funeral. Just finished the book American Wife- Taya Kyles book- wow
My dad and my uncle both were in the military.
My father was the special veteran in my life. He was drafted into the Army and served during the cuban missal crisis. Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win.