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April 17, 2009

Perfect Valor

Got a note from Richard S. Lowry the other day. He has been working on a documentary about the war, and it's being released in May:

Every American needs to see Perfect Valor. This film captures the sacrifices of those who have served our nation. From the young man who joined the Marines to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps to the Navy Chaplain whose faith was shaken by what he saw; Perfect Valor brings the impact of the war in Iraq to the screen.

“I was impressed. It was realistic, moving, and yet told the story of the sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform as well as their families. I think it's a story that needs to be told and the professionalism of your product should make it very appealing.”

Lieutenant General Richard F. Natonski USMC

The world premiere of Perfect Valor will be the Saturday night feature at the GI Film Festival at 7 P.M. on May 16th, 2009, in the Carnegie Institute of Science Building, 1530 P Street NW Washington, DC, 20005.

“It's going to make a wonderful Saturday night primetime feature. Should be among the hottest tickets in town.” Brandon Millett, President – GI Film Festival

If you're in the DC area, you may want to check it out. Armed Forces Weekend takes place May 13-17 in the District and the GI Film Festival offers a veritable cornucopia of military-themed movies.

Richard, who has posted here at VC several times, is a talented author who won the Military Writers' Society of America Silver Medal for Marines in the Garden of Eden:

It is rare indeed that you will read a book about war that is so absorbing and entertaining; yet, it is as analytical and probing as any great history book can be. Richard S. Lowry has written the definitive accounting of the battles in and around An Nasiriyah. That includes what happened to Private Jessica Lynch and her fellow soldiers of the 507th Maintenance Company -their capture and misfortune and her eventual rescue from the hospital days later. In his book "Marines in the Garden of Eden", the whole story of this operation unfolds for you beginning well before the actual combat starts. He brings to life the men and women in the various units from the privates to the generals; he lets you know them as people. His writing style is unique in the best of ways. He weaves in all the little details of what was going on by several groups involved in those early days of the war. He simultaneously chronicles the actions taken by each unit so that it gives you almost a god-like view point of the war. You could never experience it like this-even if you were actually there in all the action! His depictions of the battles are crisp and full of energy and give you that eye-witness feeling. This is good reporting and good story telling. This book will be read by military historians for many long decades. It is well documented, well structure, and easy to read. It is also a great book just to kick back and read on the old sofa. This book receives the MWSA's TOP BOOK RATING of FIVE STARS! It is destined to become a classic book on the war in Iraq.

Knowing how fantastic his writing is, I can't wait to the Perfect Valor. Plus, Richard happens to be one of the few online friends I've actually met in person. He is every bit as interesting and gracious in real life as he is online.

Do check it out.

Posted by Cassandra at April 17, 2009 04:23 AM

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unless I am having one of my blonde moments, when you click on 'buy tickets' it directs you to some sight that does not have an option to actually buy a ticket??

Posted by: olga at April 17, 2009 07:15 PM

You know, I didn't click on that link. I will have to check it out.

Posted by: Cassandra at April 17, 2009 07:33 PM

When you click on "buy tickets" it takes you to the ticket page (showclix). Just click on the grey button to the right of "perfect valor" to buy the ticket. (It has the date of the event on it...)

Posted by: Brandon at April 18, 2009 12:49 PM

yesterday it did not work - the grey button did not indicate a link... today it does LOL

Posted by: olga at April 18, 2009 10:37 PM