April 27, 2006

"United 93" Endorsed By Father Of Todd Beamer

David Beamer, father of United Airlines passenger Todd Beamer who lost his life on that fateful flight, says the filmmakers "got it right". He wrote an Op-Ed in the WSJ Online today. He calls the film a wake-up call to a nation coming perilously close to forgetting the events of that day and enemy that we now face.

"There are those who would hope to escape the pain of war. Can't we just live and let live and pretend every thing is OK? Let's discuss, negotiate, reason together. The film accurately shows an enemy who will stop at nothing in a quest for control. This enemy does not seek our resources, our land or our materials, but rather to alter our very way of life.

I encourage my fellow Americans and free people everywhere to see 'United 93.'

Be reminded of our very real enemy. Be inspired by a true story of heroic actions taken by ordinary people with victorious consequences. Be thankful for each precious day of life with a loved one and make the most of it. Resolve to take the right action in the situations of life, whatever they may be. Resolve to give thanks and support to those men, women, leaders and commanders who to this day (1,687 days since Sept. 11, 2001) continue the counterattacks on our enemy and in so doing keep us safe and our freedoms intact.

May the taste of freedom for people of the Middle East hasten victory. The enemy we face does not have the word 'surrender' in their dictionary. We must not have the word 'retreat' in ours. We surely want our troops home as soon as possible. That said, they cannot come home in retreat. They must come home victoriously. Pray for them."

Some people muse the the release of this film may be too soon. My concern is that, for some, it may be too late.

Hat tip: Libertas

Posted by: Gary at 02:31 PM | Comments (4) | Add Comment
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1 I recently rewatched some of the LIVE television footage that I happened to record on 9/11/01, and all the feelings of that day came alive: I was shocked, afraid, and angry. I truly believe that Americans need to experience those feelings again. This country forgets too easily. I am thankful that "United 93" was made. There are so many Hollywood liberals (Michael Moore...George Clooney...Julia Roberts...etc etc etc) whose movies I refuse to see because I don't want to give them a single cent of my money. "United 93" is movie that none of them would have ever dreamed of making. I intend to show my support for (1) the War on Terror, (2) the notion that Americans should NEVER forget about 9/11 and what it meant and still means for the future of this country, and (3) this kind of movie-making. And I am going to do so with the only thing that seems to get anyone's attention these days: MY WALLET. So, below is my game plan. If you feel the same way I do, follow suit... - See "United 93" for the first time on its opening weekend. - See "United 93" for a second time in its 2nd or 3rd weekend of release. - See "United 93" for a third time in another month or two. - Rent "United 93" when it comes out in the video stores. - Buy "United 93" when it comes out on DVD. "United 93" will be the next "The Passion of the Christ." Hollywood isn't going to know what hit it. Hopefully America will remember how it felt that awful day. So much is at stake. It is never too soon.

Posted by: Georgia Girl (gfsil) at April 27, 2006 02:53 PM (ZMwFa)

2 I will be attending the 10:45 pm Friday viewing! I saw the A&E version and was in tears for most of it. I agree that these events should not be swept under the rug in the name of sensitivity. We would be betraying not only those who died that day, but ourselves and our children.

Posted by: Pam at April 28, 2006 12:56 PM (SAPb2)

3 I just saw United 93. Go see it. Just go see it. And, when you are sitting there, in the theater...remember that its events were not a movie. They were real. They were very real for the people on that plane, and on the three other planes, and in the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon and the FAA and military command centers, and for all of us watching and listening and praying that day all across this country. Every American needs to see this movie. It is absolutely NOT "too soon" for this movie. People should actually be asking if it's too late...

Posted by: Georgia Girl (gfsil) at April 29, 2006 09:37 PM (EvFfn)

4 Saw it on Saturday. I agree, every American should see it. It's not always easy to watch, especially towards the end, but it will bring back everything you felt on that day. And those feelings must never be forgotton.

Posted by: Gary at May 01, 2006 07:49 AM (QoxB+)

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