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American Sniper

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  1. rick49

    rick49 Lewis Well-Known Member

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    You may have seen before but worth the read if you haven't!!

    As you know the movie has just been released about* *CHRIS KYLE**.
    Many of you may not be familiar with our* *TEXAS* *HERO**!
    Please read this about his funeral.
    You may want to see the movie.
    TEXAS GOODBYE*
    This is why America will remain strong. We take care of our own as well as others who may not deserve taking care of. I just wanted to share with you all that out of a horrible tragedy we were blessed by so many people.
    ChrisKyle was Derek'steammate through 10 years of training and battle. They both suffer/suffered from PTSD to some extent and took great care of each other because of it.
    2006 in Ramadi was horrible for young men that never had any more aggressive physical contact with another human than on a Texas football field.
    They lost many friends. Chris became the armed services number #1 sniper of all time. Not something he was happy about, other than the fact that in so doing, he saved a lot of American lives.
    Three years ago, his wife Taya asked him to leave the SEAL teams because he had a huge bounty on his head by AlQaeda. He did and wrote the book "The American Sniper." 100% of the proceeds from the book went to two of the SEAL families who had lost their sons in Iraq.
    That was the kind of guy Chris was. He formed a company in Dallas to train military, police and I think firemen how to protect themselves in difficult situations. He also formed a foundation to work with military people suffering from PTSD. Chris was a giver not a taker.
    He, along with a friend and neighbor, ChadLittlefield, were murdered trying to help a young man that had served six months in Iraq and claimed to have PTSD.
    Now I need to tell you about all of the blessings.
    Southwest Airlines flew in any SEAL and their family from any airport to the funeral... free of charge.
    The employees donated buddy passes and one lady worked for four days without much of a break to see that it happened.
    Volunteers were at both airports in Dallas to drive them to the hotel.
    The Marriott Hotel reduced their rates to $45 a night and cleared the hotel for only SEALs and family.
    The Midlothian, TX Police Department paid the $45 a night for each room. I would guess there were about 200 people staying at the hotel, 100 of them were SEALs. Two large buses were chartered (an unknown donor paid the bill) to transport people to the different events and they also had a few rental cars (donated). The police and secret service were on duty 24 hours during the stay at our hotel.
    At the Kyle house, the Texas DPS parked a large motor home in front to block the view from reporters. It remained there the entire five days for the SEALs to meet in and so they could use the restroom there instead of the bathroom in the house. Taya, their two small children and both sets of parents were staying in the home.
    Only a hand full of SEALs went into the home as they had different duties and meetings were held sometimes on a hourly basis. It was a huge coordination of many different events and security. Derek was assigned to be a Pall Bearer, to escort Chris' body when it was transferred from the Midlothian Funeral Home to the Arlington Funeral Home, and to be with Taya. A tough job.
    Taya seldom came out of her bedroom. The house was full with people from the church and other family members that would come each day to help. I spent one morning in a bedroom with Chris' mom and the next morning with ChadLittlefield's parents (the other man murdered with Chris). A tough job.
    George W Bush and his wife Laura met and talked to everyone on the Seal Team one on one. They went behind closed doors with Taya for quite a while. They had prayer with us all. You can tell when people were sincere and caring
    NolanRyan sent his cooking team, a huge grill and lots of steaks, chicken and hamburgers. They set up in the front yard and fed people all day long including the 200 SEALs and their families. The next day a local BBQ restaurant set up a buffet in front of the house and fed all once again. Food was plentiful and all were taken care of. The family's church kept those inside the house well fed.
    JerryJones, the man everyone loves to hate, was a rock star. 0He made sure that we all were taken care of. His wife and he were just making sure everyone was taken care of….Class... He donated the use of Cowboy Stadium for the services because so many wanted to attend.
    The charter buses transported us to the stadium on Monday at 10:30 am. Every car, bus, motorcycle was searched with bomb dogs and police. I am not sure if kooks were making threats trying to make a name for themselves or if so many SEALs in one place was a security risk, I don't know. We willingly obliged. No purses went into the stadium!
    We were taken to The Legends room high up and a large buffet was available. That was for about 300 people. We were growing.
    A Medal of Honor recipient was there, lots of secret service and police and SarahPalin and her husband. She looked nice, this was a very formal military service.
    The service started at 1:00 pm and when we were escorted onto the field I was shocked. We heard that about 10,000 people had come to attend also. They were seated in the stadium seats behind us. It was a beautiful and emotional service.
    The Bagpipe and drum corps were wonderful and the Texas A&M men's choir stood through the entire service and sang right at the end. We were all in tears.
    The next day was the 200-mile procession from Midlothian, TX to Austin for burial. It was a cold, drizzly, windy day, but the people were out. We had dozens of police motorcycles riders, freedom riders, five chartered buses and lots of cars. You had to have a pass to be in the procession and still it was huge. Two helicopters circled the procession with snipers sitting out the side door for protection. It was the longest funeral procession ever in the state of Texas. People were everywhere. The entire route was shut down ahead of us, the people were lined up on the side of the road the entire way. Firemen were down on one knee, police officers were holding their hats over their hearts, children waving flags, veterans saluting as we went by. Every bridge had fire trucks with large flags displayed from their tall ladders, people all along the entire 200 miles were standing in the cold weather. It was so heartwarming. Taya rode in the hearse with Chris' body so Derek rode the route with us. I was so grateful to have that time with him.
    The service was at Texas National Cemetery. Very few are buried there and you have to apply to get in. It is like people from the Civil War, Medal of Honor winners, a few from the Alamo and all the historical people of Texas. It was a nice service and the Freedom Riders surrounded the outside of the entire cemetery to keep the crazy church people from Kansas that protest at military funerals away from us.
    Each SEAL put his Trident (metal SEAL badge) on the top of Chris' casket, one at a time. A lot hit it in with one blow. Derek was the only one to
    take four taps to put his in and it was almost like he was caressing it as he did it. Another tearful moment.
    After the service Governor Rick Perry and his wife, Anita, invited us to the governor's mansion. She stood at the door, greeted each of us individually, and gave each of the SEALs a coin of Texas. She was a sincere, compassionate, and gracious hostess.
    We were able to tour the ground floor and then went into the garden for beverages and BBQ. So many of the Seal team guys said that after they get out they are moving to Texas. They remarked that they had never felt so much love and hospitality. The charter buses then took the guys to the airport to catch their returning flights. Derek just now called and after a 20 hours flight he is back in his spot, in a dangerous land on the other side of the world, protecting America.
    We just wanted to share with you, the events of a quite emotional, but blessed week.
    Punch-line:
    *To this day,* *no one in the White House* *has ever acknowledged Chris Kyle.* - his service, his death, his duty, his generosity, his caring, his life.
    However, the President can call a sports person and congratulate him on his bravery for announcing to the world that he is gay. He can say on national television say that someone, a man who has committed a crime, and was shot by police in the line of duty, would have made him a good son
     
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  2. Just Jim

    Just Jim Well-Known Member

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    Bought the book, watched the movie, respect the man's life.

    Edited to add, it will be interesting if Eastwood and the rest who are making money off Kyles heroism spends any of that money on our returning troopso_O
     
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  3. gunfreak

    gunfreak Boise Well-Known Member

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    Just came back from watching it with my son Josh '13'. He really appreciates military history and has a love for his country. We thought the movie was awesome. I also found it hard to watch, the book was great too.
     
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  4. Dyjital

    Dyjital Albany, Ore Flavorite Member Bronze Supporter

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    Last night lying in bed before we closed our eyes my wife rolls over and says "I think we should see American Sniper".

    I agreed with her. I added that anything Michael Moore says is crap should be a good indicator that I will like it.

    So that's on our list to watch soon.
     
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  5. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I just saw this movie.
    Wow.
    This is an instant classic and should be a must see to any American.

    It was the first time a movie ended and there was emotional silence in the theater.

    If you don't get emotional watching it or have a exceptional new respect for our veterans and what they do for this country and the burden their families live with you should be deported.
     
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  6. CoastRange57

    CoastRange57 Western Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Heading out to see it in an hour. Trying to prep myself, a movie like hits hits pretty close to home for us. I know it is going to bother me a lot, but I need to see it, my discomfort is minor compared to the sacrifices made by those serving. My son has no regrets about what he did, he knows he saved US lives.
     
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    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    It's a powerful movie that makes the interior lives of soldiers and their families sacrifices very real to everyone who hasn't experienced it. It highlights the burden of what we ask our men and women to do and the struggle in them when they return.

    It was done in true Clint Eastwood fashion. Real, gritty, pulls you in and brings you into the reality of what we ask of our Veterans.


    Thank your son for me.
     
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    deann oregon Active Member

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    saw the movie, wow thanks for serving chris. what a life
     
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  9. CoastRange57

    CoastRange57 Western Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Good movie, it gets a point across, which is hard to do in a two hour feature. I lived the life of 3 family member's that were over there, and one who was in the same position. Again, a lot more to it than can be communicated in a 2 hour movie, both the in country and the after effects after they come home. Families feel a huge burden as well.

    There were some pretty big errors / license on the tactical / technical side, but that is the movie business.

    The scenes of Chris and his wife walking on the pier at Oceanside, the scenes at Camp Pendelton on the aviation ramp, were all places my wife and I were during our trips down there before deployments, and that brought some flashbacks for me.

    It just validates the huge respect I have for these men and woman who were over there, and the mission they accomplished.

    We did see it at a McMenamins theater, had a burger,beer and comfortable chairs.
     
  10. U201491

    U201491 Well-Known Member

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    Where is it playing around here ?
    Oregon city, west linn, Tualatin area ??
     
  11. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I thought it was at most major theaters.
    I saw it at cinetopia in vancouver
     
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    U201491 Well-Known Member

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    Ok I'll check. We don't go to movies much but would like to see that one.
    We usually see everything on Netflix or rent a video.
    Thanks :)
     
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    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Me either having a 2 year old.
    Last movie I saw was Lone Survivor.
     
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    Bigbaddude West linn Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I saw it Saturday night in Lake Oswego at the theater on highway 43. $15 bucks for 2 adults.
     
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    U201491 Well-Known Member

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    Is that the price for 2 people total. 7.50 each? hopefully not 15 each :)
     
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    Bigbaddude West linn Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    $15 for 2 for the 4:30 show
     
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    U201491 Well-Known Member

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    Will check out their days and hours.
    Thanks,
    That sounds good.
     
  18. d2the3

    d2the3 Eugene, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Same thing at the theater when my wife and I saw it! The movie came to an end with all the pictures and the credits rolled and no one said a word. It was beautiful!!!! Most people sat for a while, it seemed like no one wanted to be the first to leave. Not a word was spoken until people exited the theater. I was amazed, I don't go to movies often but this was the most respectful I've seen people in public, probably ever!