Dedicated to the Widows of Colombia’s Fallen Heroes
An afternoon walk through Guasca, Colombia, leads James 1 pianist, Wiley Skaret, into a cemetery where he comes upon a painted piano in the courtyard of the quaint memorial gardens. Preparing to play, he notices the grief of a young wife (James 1 actress, Natalia Alaracon) and the duty-bound officers of the Colombian National Police in support. In recognition of her loss — as an amputation of the heart — he drops his right hand and begins a prayerful hymn. Her grief turns to frustration in the environs of the Andean tundra of Parque Chingaza but hope comes alive and grace is truly amazing. The soft rolling greenery of Cundinamarca renews her with the promise of Lord-inspired healing of heart and mind. But we end with a reminder of her grief; and while the loss of a loved one is like the loss of a limb, the memories of those we love stay with us in good times and bad.
The Colombian National Police and Technical Investigative Corps are the tip of the spear fighting against major transnational organized crime syndicates that seek to supply each corner of the world with their vicious poison — cocaine. But in the course of dangerous operations throughout this country, Colombia’s brave police commandos and others on the front line are dying by the hundreds each year. The majority of these deaths are young men who leave behind families and small pensions. But we can help.