ParadeRest to Host Free Memorial Day Event
The event features a showing of Taking Chance and a Q&A with Lieutenant Colonel Mike Strobl
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – ParadeRest, a Charlottesville non-profit organization, invites the public to attend a free Memorial Day event at The Paramount Theater on Sunday, May 24. The event will feature the movie Taking Chance. Immediately following the movie, a question and answer session will be held with Lieutenant Colonel Mike Strobl, whose experiences formed the basis of the story for the film. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and the movie will begin at approximately 2:30 p.m.
Strobl served in the United States Marine Corps from 1983-2007. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in December of 1987 and served around the world in various duties as a field artilleryman. Strobl served in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait as an artillery platoon commander during Desert Strom. He retired from the Marine Corps in 2007 and accepted a position in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Taking Chance depicts Strobl’s real-life experience as he escorted the remains of fallen Marine LCpl Chance Phelps to Phelps’ home in Dubois, Wyoming for final burial. LCpl Phelps was killed in action outside Baghdad during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Kevin Bacon plays Strobl in Taking Chance. The HBO film was nominated for two Golden Globe awards and ten Emmy awards including Outstanding Made for Television Movie and Outstanding Writing for a Mini-Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special. Strobl and his co-author, Ross Katz, won the 2009 Humanitas Award for their screenplay and the 2010 Writers Guild of America award for best adapted screenplay for a television movie.
A video honoring military veterans from Central Virginia who lost their lives in service to their country will be shown at 2 p.m. prior to the start of Taking Chance. Strobl will field questions from the audience following the film.
The Paramount Theater is located on Charlottesville’s Historic Downtown Mall at 215 E. Main Street. Virginia National Bank is the primary sponsor for this event.
ParadeRest helps communities in Central Virginia work together to welcome home and express their gratitude in meaningful ways to local military personnel, veterans, and their families through tickets to entertainment, arts and sporting events. For more information, visit ParadeRestVa.org.
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