12 Strong- My Story of Meeting the 12 Horsemen and Attending the World Premier
If you follow me on social media you may have seen me sharing a lot about the movie 12 Strong. I first was approached about this movie when I was invited to attend the press junket in Los Angeles to interview the cast, and screen the movie. I read the press materials, I read the interviews and I immediately fell in love with the story. To learn that this was an actual mission that these Soldiers volunteered for, just blew my mind! My lovely contributor Donna from Dangerous Cupcake Lifestyle attended the event and did an amazing job posting about it (Read the post here). Later I purchased the book 12 Strong and I could not put it down!
Then I received an email that literally changed my life in more ways than I could have ever imagined. I got invited to the World Premier in NYC, to walk the red carpet, and attend the after-party! Of course I was excited, who wouldn’t right? And because my Husband was deployed during 9/11 I felt an even bigger sense of pride by attending with him by my side. This is: 12 Strong- My Story of Meeting the 12 Horsemen and Attending the World Premier.
On the day of the world premier my excitement was through the roof! As my Husband and I drove to NYC we reminisced about our Military life and the highs and lows we went through. It was nice to have been able to spend that time together and re-live some of those times. Once we got to the Jazz Center in NYC, my Husband and I were escorted upstairs for some red carpet photographs!
Then we received our tickets, after-party passes, and we headed inside the theater.
Many people were asking us what our connection to the movie was, it sparked a lot of conversations and the biggest surprise was meeting the Horsemen! As I was standing by my seat I said hello to a couple of gentlemen that were chatting a few feet away from me, between the friendly greetings I heard someone whisper that those were the Horsemen. Of course I had to ask, and they said yes! They introduced themselves and I introduced them to my Husband, we all talked, joked, and laughed for what seemed like hours. Later during the night my husband and I met 3 more of the Soldiers and their Wives, I am still shocked and gleaming with excitement. I am definitely honored!
As the lights began to dim and the background music faded away, we were treated to an amazing introduction before the film from none other than Jerry Bruckheimer and a special recognition to the 12 Horsemen and the Military Spouses:
12 Strong- My Story of Meeting the 12 Horsemen and Attending the World Premier -No Spoilers
Throughout the movie the theater was completely still, we were all completely drawn into the mission. Now, I won’t give away any spoilers; but I will tell you that the movie had us all on the edge of our seats. There were moments when you did hear a collective gasp and moments where if you looked over at me; you would see me wiping away tears. I had tears of pride, tears filled with memories of our own deployment goodbyes. One of the things I loved so much about this movie, other than the story of our 12 Horsemen, is the fact that the writers and directors showed a side of the Military that many never see. They showed US. The Military Wives that stay behind, the kids that stay behind, and the many emotions that we all go through before and during a deployment. I will stop here because I don’t want to ruin the movie for you. I want you to experience the movie for yourself, I want you to come back and tell me what you thought of it. I want you to share with your Family and friends what you thought about this movie. It’s a story I am passionate about sharing, a piece of important history that so may never knew about.
Why I would love for you to go watch 12 Strong
12 Strong is about so much more than just a battle episode or a Military Mission. This story is something that we all desperately need right now. Our Country is in such a place, that we need moments like this to remind us to be grateful. To remind us that there are people fighting bigger battles FOR US. That there are people that are going through so much more than us, we need to find that compassion again and we need to do it now. This movie reminded me/us about friendships, collaborations, teamwork, love, and the things that we can do to make our world a better place; even if it’s just within your own home.
A Soldier is as strong as his word.
Here are a few highlights from that night, as you can already imagine; I will never forget this night…
Come back and tell us what you thought of the movie or the book, I would love to know your thoughts!