Memorial Day is a U.S. Holiday that started in the Civil War era to honor fallen soldiers. It should hold a special spot in all of the citizens of the U.S. as those who gave their life was done so we could enjoy our freedom. The day is normally filled with parades and cookouts across the U.S., but I like to sit down and catch some movies that show us exactly what Memorial Day is about and how many brave soldiers have protected us all over the years. The eighties were filled with some great movies about the Vietnam era. Some of the great movies I watched as a kid and grew up with include Platoon, Apocalypse Now, and One of my all time favorites Full Metal Jacket. Not to leave out any of the greats like Good Morning Vietnam, Born on the Fourth of July, and Forrest Gump, but over the years there have been so many great Nam movies it’s hard to name them all.
WWII movies are a bit close to my heart has many of my relatives were in the war including my Grandfather who landed in Normandy and marched into Germany with the 5th Armored Division. There have been countless WWII movies and so many good ones over the past 70 years. Some of my all time favorite movies include Saving Private Ryan, Battleground, and Fury, but if you have never watched these be sure to check out The Big Red One, Inglorious Bastards, and The Dirty Dozen, but don’t stop there, there are countless movies from the WWII era, its worth checking out as many as you can. There have been several WWI movies as well one great one I love is the 1927 silent movie Wings which won the very first Academy award for best picture. I haven’t watch a lot of WWI movies but this was an important time in our history and perhaps was a bit overshadowed by WWII and maybe slipped into the background.
Since Memorial day started in the Civil War era don’t leave out some all time classics such as Gone With the Wind, Glory , and recently Lincoln. The Civil War was one of the most brutal wars fought on U.S. soil so it’s important to look back on history and see what was given so long ago that still has a very strong hold on today’s society. There have been a ton of films on modern war such as Jarhead, Black Hawk Down, and Three Kings to name a few. And lets not forget the vets that fought to create this country with one of the all time great films The Patriot. There are a lot more great movies out there and all pay tribute to our soldiers who put their lives on the line every day and all who have fought and given their lives to our great country to protect our freedom. Hope you all get a chance to toss in a movie this weekend and I wish you all a happy Memorial Day weekend.
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