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Great Movies to Celebrate Memorial Day

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A Memorial Day Weekend celebration is not complete without a few good movies to watch in between the barbeques, picnics, and parades. I have compiled a list of some of the best flicks to watch that commemorate our veterans and those currently serving in the military. Check out Netflix, Cable, Satellite, and your local TV stations for the following titles….

  1. Saving Private Ryan – The story of “D-Day” with Tom Hanks and directed by Stephen Spielberg.
  2. Sergeant York- This is the true story of Alvin York, a Tennessee sharpshooter, who becomes the most decorated soldier of World War 1. This is an old movie, but one of the best. Everyone needs to know the inspiring story of Sergeant York.
  3. Flags of Our Fathers- Made in 2006, this film, directed by Clint Eastwood, is the story of six men who raised the flag at the “Battle of Iwo Jima” which was a turning point of WWII.
  4. The Longest Day –This film came out in 1962 and has a star-studded cast that includes John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, Richard Burton, and Sean Connery.  Filmed in the style of a docudrama, it shows the events leading up to “D-Day”.
  5. The Big Red One- World War II movie starring Lee Marvin and Mark Hamill.
  6. The Green Berets– Another John Wayne movie made in 1968.  This film is strongly anti-communist and strongly anti-Saigon.  It came out in theaters in response to the anti-war atmosphere and social discontent over the Vietnam War in America.
  7. MASH- A black comedy about a unit of medical personnel stationed at a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) during the Korean War.  This film inspired the long running TV show of the same name.
  8. Black Hawk Down- A 1999 adaptation of the novel, Black Hawk Down tells the story of the events of the Battle of Mogadishu, a raid integral to the United States’ effort to capture Somali warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid.
  9. HeartBreak Ridge- The story involves the actions of a small group of Marines during the 1983 U.S. invasion of Grenada.  Clint Eastwood stars, directs, and produced this movie.
  10. Glory- This American war drama, made in 1989, depicts the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the first formal unit of the US Army to be made up entirely of African American men, as told from the point of view of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, its commanding officer during the American Civil War.

There are so many movies to choose from that represent the sacrifices our men and women have made for our country.  If nothing else, this list reminds us of those sacrifices.  Happy Memorial Day to all those who selflessly serve.

Spirit, that made those heroes dare
To die, and leave their children free,
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
The shaft we raise to them and thee.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Veteran’s Day Words

Over at The Daily Post @ WordPress.com one of the Daily Prompts is Play Lexicographer.   

I thought I would try my hand at this game, using the theme of Veteran’s Day to invent new words to honor all the men and woman who have served our country.   Here are a few words I have created …

Uvetidid –  (you-vet-I-did)  n.  a person who served in the military or a soldier who has seen considerable active service .

Vetservedcountry  (Vet-serve-country) v. a civilian who has in the past served in the military.

Honorvetservice (honor-vets-service)  v.  1. the act of honoring.  2. Something all citizens should do on Veteran’s Day and every day.

Thankavet (thank-a-vet) v.  give gratitude for the unselfish service of a Veteran.

Givevetscredit  (give-vets-credit) v.  the act of giving credit to the men and woman who have served our country. 

I wonder what other words we can invent to express our gratitude to all those brave men and woman who have given their time and their lives for our freedom.   Share your words of thanks.

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Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jamie Nowinski – Grandmother Wisdom/Grandmother Musings with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.
 
 

Ciuis sum of America (I am a citizen of America)

Citizenship Award Pin

 

The word “Citizenship” seems to be a buzz word for both political parties and their speech writers. The point they are desperately trying to make is that Americans need to be good citizens if they wish to “change” the world.  I fear that neither party really knows what good citizenship looks like, nor do they practice the principles of citizenship.

What are the characteristics of Citizenship?  Every quarter, in the school where I teach, students who exemplify good citizenship receive an award.  Here is the scale that is followed when choosing a student:

COURAGE – Student must exhibit bravery, valor and guts.  It takes courage to stand up for what is right, when the crowd is going in the opposite direction,

HONOR – Student exhibits loyalty, respect, and trust towards others.

LEADERSHIP—Promotes respect for authority, school policies, and property.  Leads others to do the same.

SERVICE—Accepts responsibility; shows initiative.  Does things without being asked, that benefit others and not just self.

PATRIOTISM – Exhibits love of country, city/town, school, and neighborhood.

RESPECT – Does unto others as he/she would have done to them. Conscientious and thoughtful of others.

If I had to award our politicians, leaders, political parties, CEO’s, Bankers, and others who run our country with a Citizenship Award, I wonder if any of them could meet the criteria.  When November rolls around and it is time for Americans to vote, I hope they will consider whether the person they will vote in for the job of president, senator, representative, etc. can meet the criteria elementary students must meet in order to be a good citizen.  Our leaders should be the model that the citizens of the country follow.  It will be interesting to see if they can live up to these high standards and “change” the world.

 

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Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jamie Nowinski – Grandmother Wisdom/Grandmother Musings with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.
 
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