I had the opportunity to go to the world premiere of National Geographic TV’s “The Long Road Home” based on the New York Times bestseller by ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz. The premiere, which was hosted at the National Geographic Museum & Global Headquarters in D.C. was fabulous, and my 13-year-old son and I enjoyed not only the two-episode preview we were able to watch but the atmosphere surrounding us. The whole experience was respectful, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you, National Geographic for the fantastic event, and we received a copy of the book. I will be giving away a copy on the blog next week.
Here is some more information about the mini-series along with the trailer and a background video about “Black Sunday.”
It was Palm Sunday, April 4, 2004. The U.S. military calls it “Black Sunday.” A small platoon of soldiers with the 1st Cavalry Division out of Fort Hood, Texas, was ambushed in the Baghdad suburb of Sadr City. The soldiers, many of them young and inexperienced, were on a peacekeeping mission and weren’t expected to face heavy combat. And while concerned about the Iraq deployment, their families back home also hadn’t anticipated their loved ones would find themselves in mortal danger.
Starting on Tuesday, November 7, the National Geographic Channel will premiere “The Long Road Home.” Based on the New York Times bestseller by ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz, the eight part mini-series tells the story of the ambush and the three heroic rescue missions launched to save the platoon. It also focuses on the home front, as wives and mothers waited anxiously for word and drew support from one another.