Three years ago Granger Smith set out on a mission. He asked fans for submissions from Gold Star families; Americans who lost someone while serving our country over the last decade.

According to Granger, "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.”

This week Granger shared the trailer for the project.


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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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