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Odeon Premier
Letter to the Editor
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 • Posted July 18, 2012


The U.S. premiere of “We Went To War” at the Odeon theater this weekend was a tremendous success. There was a near-sold out crowd for the first showing at 2pm on Saturday and impressive attendance at the other showings later that day and on Sunday. Responses to the film were overwhelmingly supportive, some enthusiastic, some emotional, but overall very grateful for a film about war which had no typical war scenes in it.

The two surviving veterans of the three the film featured were in attendance, David Johnson and Dennis Bollinger (from Menard and Brady, respectively) who received a warm reception from the audience. Filmmakers Rebekah Tolley and Michael Grigsby were also in attendance and gave a presentation at the premiere, then later gave a special award to the veterans and to the deceased veteran Lamar Wyatt’s widow Barbara and daughter Michelle Carlile.

A lively panel discussion followed the premiere at the American Legion hall featuring panelists Roberto Pachecano and Robert Flynn—both Vietnam veterans—and Darlene Logan, all three published authors with esteemed honors and qualifications. Among the relevant topics discussed was the ongoing and urgent need for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) treatment to be made more available to combat veterans and their families. The audience participation clearly indicated that war does not end when the troops return home.

We at the Odeon are deeply honored to have sponsored this important film and urge everyone to come see it. Please check the calendar on our website for future showings of “We Went To War.” Our website is


Spider Johnson

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