St. Joseph Parish Adult Faith Formation Board presents Hacksaw Ridge
The real-life story of Desmond Doss, a conscientious objector who nevertheless joined the Army at the outset of WWII, believing that the war was a just one. However, because he also believed that killing was wrong, he requested assignment as a medic, and refused to carry a weapon. That exercise of conscience subjected him to ridicule and taunts of cowardice from officers and his fellow soldiers alike. Fast forward to the bloodiest battle of the war, on the Japanese island of Okinawa. There, Desmond remained at the top of a ridge – alone except for his wounded comrades, and armed with only his courage and conviction – with Japanese soldiers advancing toward him. Despite seemingly impossible odds, he single-handedly saved 75 of his comrades, dragging or carrying them to the edge of the ridge and lowering them down to safety. Not only did his bravery earn him the respect and admiration of his superiors and fellow soldiers, he was also awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, the first conscientious objector to earn the highest honor that can be conferred on a soldier. (Note: While this is a different kind of war movie, the battle scenes are nevertheless graphic.)
Sunday, January 14, 2018
2:00 p.m. in the St. Agnes
This is the second of our 2017-2018 series
Movies for a Sunday Afternoon
Admission is FREE; all are welcome.
A discussion will follow the showing
and light refreshments will be served.