What American Sniper Taught Me
by Louie Demetroulakos on Friday, February 6th, 2015
Two weeks ago, I went to see American Sniper with a couple friends. When I walked into the movie theater, I was not nearly prepared for what I saw. The movie was extremely powerful, touching, and real. At the end of the film I was crying more than I have cried in quite some time. Not only was Bradley Cooper’s acting amazing, but he also accurately portrayed the raw emotion that comes with war. The film took a piece out of me, and I left the movie theater thinking about what it means to sacrifice. It truly is a blessing to live in a country where my freedom is defended by brave women and men hundreds of miles away. Chris Kyle not only performed his duty with the highest level of personal integrity, but he also sacrificed his own well being to help his men and defend the nation he loved. Simply put, Chris Kyle dedicated his life to helping others. Just a few days ago on Chris Kyle Day, February 2nd, I took a few moments to pray for Chris and his family. While it was difficult for me to comprehend the emotional and physical stress that Chris must have experienced, I felt proud of his sacrifice for America and for those he loved. Chris exhibited true bravery on the battlefield, giving up his own well being to protect his men and accomplish a mission. For those critics of Chris Kyle and of the brave women and men of our military, I encourage you to take a trip to Kandahar Afghanistan and bear witness to the absolute brutality that Chris was trying to put an end to. And while war will never be an easy concept to understand, sacrifice is something we can all relate to in one way or another. American Sniper taught me to be thankful for all those who would lay down their lives in service of country. The film also reiterated the importance of telling the people around you that you love them. But the most important lesson I learned from American Sniper was to live one moment at a time because life is precious. Indeed, Chris Kyle gave more than he had to, and that is true sacrifice. It is a choice to serve, and Chris Kyle not only made that choice but also went above and beyond the duties and expectations of the American soldier. American Sniper teaches us many valuable lessons about how fragile life is and the importance of family. I encourage everyone to see this movie to get a glimpse of how difficult it truly is to serve in war, to sacrifice for a greater cause, and to protect freedom for all.
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