WE ARE MARSHALL, a movie, is every empty nesters worst fear. A tragic plane crash killed seventy –five members of their football college team coming back from a game in North Carolina.
I had the privilege of speaking with Sheri Stepp, Marshall University’s Coordinator of Parent Resources. Sheri was touched that Marshall University students got internships and experience as extras on this film. She stated the community was a little skeptical about the film being made in their town. As it turned out, the crew and cast were gracious and sensitive to the tragic loss her community lived.
Marshall University’s football team was not only a sport for college kids to cheer and excel, but a way of life for the community of Huntington, West Virginia.
The dream of your child playing a sport they love, getting into their top choice college, and having a future wide open, ends in an instant with a phone call or live breaking news report. Your precious one is gone. You didn’t get to say good bye.
How do you and how does a community go on when tragedy permeates the halls? I haven’t seen the film, which is being given a private premiere screening in Huntington, West Virginia today and then one in Hollywood, but I will be sitting in the audience with Kleenex to honor the team and town when it opens to the public.
I am anticipating that hope and courage when dreams die, will be palpitating in this film. How do you and how does a community go on? What heroes rise up to hold our hands when our heads are down?
What inspires you and what heroes have you known?
May the pain and loss these parents, friends, and community lived, be honored in this creative endeavor of film making.