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Posted: November 02, 2018

Granger Smith Creates Fallen Hero Documentary, 3 Years In The Making

NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 07:  (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Granger Smith performs during the 2018 CMA Music festival at the  on June 7, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
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NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 07: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Granger Smith performs during the 2018 CMA Music festival at the on June 7, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)

By Melissa Quinones

11/02/2018 —

Granger Smith will be at Cowboys Orlando Friday, November 9th for our K92.3 Code of Honor Concert where we are honoring all of our veterans who risked their lives for us to live freely in the United States. We wanted this night to be all about the veterans. Here are more details on the show: K92.3 Code Of Honor Show

We couldn’t think of anyone better than Granger Smith to do this show because of a few things. His love for this country is unlike any other, his patriotism is 2nd to none, and the amount of things he does for our military, active and veterans, and their families is beyond what anyone could imagine. 

Here’s why:

Granger Smith is and will always be one of the most patriotic country singers out there. He loves his country, and he is very aware of the sacrifices military service men and women and their families make. 

Back in 2016, he went on a “Granger Across Merica Pledge of Allegiance Tour.” During that tour, he stopped in many places and managed to visit the original 13 colonies, plus Washington, DC, and recited the Pledge of Allegiance at each stop in a matter of two days. He told The Boot, "I also wanted to take a serious spin on the Pledge of Allegiance because this is something that has been forgotten in today’s society. [It's] something we used to say in elementary school, every single morning. And a lot of schools don’t do it anymore at all," Smith explains. Granger Smith has also done numerous USO shows, gone overseas to play for active military members. "I’ve done several tours in Iraq and Kuwait, and that’s because I feel, for lack of a better term, a little bit guilty that I get to play music and travel, living the dream, that is, in turn, paid for by a sacrifice of men and women my same age that goes over and volunteers to work in a field that is much nobler than mine," Smith admits to The Boot. "So, because of that, I feel like I need to help as big as I can, and music is where I can, and so I want to give back music to different places." 

Now comes this documentary. Granger has taken his love for this country and his gratitude for our troops to the next level. 3 years ago, he asked Gold Star families (families who have lost a loved one who was fighting for our country during the Iraq war) to submit stories of their loved one. He has taken all the submissions, narrowed them down to 5 families, and made a documentary on the lives of those families. He actually spent 5 days, in Iraq, seeing what these men saw.

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A lot of you probably won’t remember, but around 3 years ago, I asked for submissions from Gold Star families; Americans that lost someone while serving our country over the last decade. - The response was staggering. I received over 300 stories from my social network alone. We read every submission and carefully narrowed the stories down to 5. It was difficult to say the least. - From these 5 heroes, I began my most comprehensive & emotionally consuming project of my entire career: a film called “They Were There.” - A documentary not focusing on the deaths, but instead the LIVES of these heroes, the contributions they made to their communities and what they left behind, for better or for worse. - I’m a very lucky man. I live the cherished “American Dream.” But that dream comes with a price. Freedom comes with a price, a sacrifice. - I hope this film means something to YOU. I hope it makes a difference. I hope it encourages you that while we all should indulge the fruits of this American privilege, we should strive to LIVE A LIFE WORTHY OF THE SACRIFICE. So that all of those sacrifices were not in vain. - So we can remember while we were here...they were there. - Watch the official trailer at the link in my bio!

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These had to have been 3 long years for him trying to do these families justice, but he finally finished. He posted to Instagram at the beginning of November with a photo of the documentary and the caption “

A lot of you probably won’t remember, but around 3 years ago, I asked for submissions from Gold Star families; Americans that lost someone while serving our country over the last decade.
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The response was staggering. I received over 300 stories from my social network alone. We read every submission and carefully narrowed the stories down to 5. It was difficult to say the least.
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From these 5 heroes, I began my most comprehensive & emotionally consuming project of my entire career: a film called “They Were There.”
-
A documentary not focusing on the deaths, but instead the LIVES of these heroes, the contributions they made to their communities and what they left behind, for better or for worse.
-
I’m a very lucky man. I live the cherished “American Dream.” But that dream comes with a price. Freedom comes with a price, a sacrifice.
-
I hope this film means something to YOU. I hope it makes a difference. I hope it encourages you that while we all should indulge the fruits of this American privilege, we should strive to LIVE A LIFE WORTHY OF THE SACRIFICE. So that all of those sacrifices were not in vain.
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So we can remember while we were here...they were there.”

You can watch the whole trailer below:


 
 

 

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