RED Friday

“Travelers scowl at us, and countrymen give us scornful names. “Strider” I am to one fat man who lives within a day’s march of foes that would freeze his heart or lay his little town in ruin, if he were not guarded ceaselessly. Yet we would not have it otherwise. If simple folk are free from care and fear, simple they will be, and we must be kept secret to keep them so.” ~Aragorn, Lord of the Rings

Remember the days of old, consider the years of all generations. Ask your father and he will inform you, your elders and they will tell you.  Deuteronomy 32:7

There will always be stories written of the important people, yet there are always many more who have and still do walk and work quietly, not expecting recognition. In our day of technology and magic on film, it’s hard to imagine that back during the early part of the last century, many men would be immortalized in film reels. Those same individuals touched others or influenced those around them in ways we can’t even begin to imagine. Watching some of those old choppy films, we can get a glimpse, but we can’t quite see the realness to what they endured and how they made it through. I’m talking about the First World War.

The men may not be known to the world, but we are able to see them alive in the memories of those who knew them or from those who are descended from them. Their stories are being brought to life in a whole new way that those who lived the stories could never imagine.

For this week’s Friday article, I found something via American Boy that I really want to share because this project was over 3 years in the making, and one of the best directors in the world has been working tirelessly on it.

The project is the film They Shall Not Grow Old, directed by and brought to us by Lord of the Rings Peter Jackson and his team at Wingnut Productions.  The movie has been out since mid October in Great Britain, and will hopefully be released in the US next month sometime.

The documentary shares real stories of British veterans who lived through the 1914-18 war, with a twist that only a director such as Jackson could produce- vividly transforming…

Jackson and his team restored and colorized real World War 1 footage from the archives of Britain’s Imperial War Museum, most of which has never been seen before, pouring over 100 hours of reels, and 600 hours of audio and interviews from those who were there. The results are amazing.

Peter Jackson remarked on the transformation, ‘They suddenly become real human beings, they’re not Charlie Chaplin…They’re real people with all the nuances and subtleties of human beings.’

His own grandfather fought in the war as well, and dedicates the film to William John Jackson who served in the 2nd Battalion South Wales Borderers – which later integrated with the Welsh Regiment to form the Royal Regiment of Wales.

There is a mine explosion in one of the shots, a big mine goes up and my Grandfather was about 100 yards on the other side of the mine at that exact moment, so I think, well I’m actually looking at something my grandfather saw, you know the same thing, I’m actually seeing what he saw 100 years ago.

The only voices you hear throughout the documentary are from those who were there, giving this a historical as well as personal based view of that war.  Watching the few clips I’ve seen, just give me shivers. This truly is remarkable, and not even having seen it yet, I’d venture to say it’s a must see for everyone- whether you are a history or war buff or not.  This could teach so many of us not only of sacrifice, but the spirit and grit that these who fought 100 years ago had.

This, is not Hollywood, this is not some long ago forgotten piece of work by paid actors- these are the men who were there, and

So many of us have little pieces of stories woven with many others throughout history. Some can trace their family heroics from the American Revolution, some of us only know or recently discover the quiet service of our Grandfathers, Great Grandfathers, Uncles or Dads. Today’s song is the remembrance and gratitude for just such a Grandfather.

To all our Heroes, past and present, we are so indebted and grateful.  To our deployed and presently serving, Thank You.  God bless and be safe!

Have a blessed Friday all, and don’t forget to get your RED on.

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