Memorial Day may mean a day off work or a day at the beach to some, but for the men and women in America’s military, it’s about honoring a band of brothers, acknowledging sacrifice and remembering that freedom comes at a price – but a price worth paying.
They ought to know. They’ve been on the front lines, paying that price so those at home could enjoy their backyard barbecues in a land of peace and plenty.
And so have the makers of an amazing and unique film in theaters now called “The Hornet’s Nest.”
As WND reported, “The Hornet’s Nest” was filmed without actors, without a script, but by filmmakers who actually embedded with U.S. troops on the front lines. The film is compiled from over 500 hours of actual footage from both American and Taliban fighters in the midst of one of the most heated and desperate battles of the war in Afghanistan.
The movie goes behind the scenes of the American military’s fight for freedom like never before to bring the kind of movie Americans have never seen.
Now, the makers of “The Hornet’s Nest” have launched a campaign to honor the men and women who fight for freedom and restore the real meaning of Memorial Day through the Twitter hashtag #ShareToHonor and a YouTube video that remembers America’s real heroes.
“They give … so we can receive,” the video declares, fading the words over footage captured in Afghanistan. “They go to war … so we can have peace. They sacrifice … so we can prosper. They serve … so we can live.
“What would you give?” the video asks. “How far would you go … to honor those who fight for you?”
“‘The Hornet’s Nest’ team has put together a tribute video for the troops in the film, as well as our men and women serving our country everywhere,” the movie team told WND. “We are starting an online campaign using the hashtag #ShareToHonor in hopes that people will be thinking of our troops this Memorial Day, and not just their family BBQs and great deals on refrigerators.”
Discover how you can help spread the message by watching and sharing the video below:
Christian Tureaud, co-director and producer of “The Hornet’s Nest,” told WND what makes his film so incredibly unique and why it’s necessarily tied to honoring the men and women in uniform.
“It’s not a movie to entertain, with actors and special effects and all these canned storylines,” Tureaud said. “We wanted to make an immersive, first-person experience. We want to take the audience by the shirt and have them be there, with the troops, and for an hour and a half have them experience it the way the soldiers experience it, as close as they can.
“The reaction we have gotten back from the soldiers and the Marines has been overwhelmingly positive, thanking us, saying, ‘Finally, somebody is telling the story without a political agenda,’” Tureaud told WND. “We wanted it to be apolitical. We wanted this to be a celebration of America and freedom and what that stands for. ‘Freedom ain’t free.’ You get to see the costs and the risks for freedom and the sacrifices these men and women are making to volunteer to go do this. We show the heroism, the bravery and the brotherhood, I feel in a way no one has ever been able to share it because it’s for real. There are no actors. There’s no script. This is it: real life, real heroes.”
Watch a trailer for “The Hornet’s Nest” below:
The movie opened May 9 in select cities but is expanding to a list of military bases and cities around the nation.
"We want this to be a bridge between the civilian community and the military," Tureaud told WND. "I had no one who served in the military in my immediate family. I did not understand the brotherhood, the bravery and the heroism that these men and women have. We want the public to realize what it takes, why we need to honor these men and women as they come home. They're going to need a little hand, they're going to need some opportunities for jobs and they're going to need housing and health care and so forth. You can't go through what they went through without having some challenges trying to reintegrate into American life.
"They are your brothers, they are your neighbors, the people in the store that have fought for your freedoms," Tureaud concluded, "and we want them to be honored the way they should be honored. People don't realize: They're the real heroes."