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….
- Saving Private Ryan – The story of “D-Day” with Tom Hanks and directed by Stephen Spielberg.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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”.
- The Big Red One– World War II movie starring Lee Marvin and Mark Hamill.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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