The first is Taking Chance. Starring Kevin Bacon, this movie is based an article written by Marine Lt. Col. Michael Strobl. You can read the full synopsis here, but briefly it’s the story of one man’s experience accompanying the body of a fallen marine, Lance Corporal Chance Phelps, home to his family. Strobl’s journey is a moving tribute to the memory of not just this one marine but of every man and woman who has ever perished in service to our country.
The other movie is Hachi: A Dog’s Tale. Richard Gere stars as a college professor who finds an abandoned Akita puppy at the train station. Reluctantly he takes him in, against his wife’s protests, but she realizes very quickly that there’s a special bond between Hachi and her husband. The story portrays the passing of time and the dogs ever-increasing loyalty. The credits reveal that the movie is loosely based on a real-life dog named Hachi and the professor he bonded with in 1920s Japan. If you’re any kind of a dog lover, you will be in tears long before the movie ends.