Memorial Day Mash-Up
Honoring the Fallen
Former POW Hal Kushner delivered this powerful speech on Memorial Day 2018. It’s a moving tribute to fallen soldiers — especially those with whom Dr. Kushner served in Vietnam.
The Things They Carried
After fighting in Vietnam, Tim O’Brien wrote short stories and novels about his experiences. The Things They Carried is his second work of fiction about the war. I believe it’s a masterpiece. O’Brien reminds us that every soldier is an individual — a son, brother, father, boyfriend, husband, friend. He tells each individual’s story by describing the things they carried.
More Recommended Viewing
National Memorial Day Concert
I always enjoy the National Memorial Day Concert, broadcast by PBS. This year’s concert was hosted by Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna. A solemn and inspiring event.
Eastwood’s Iwo Jima Double-Feature
In 2006, Clint Eastwood made a pair of movies about the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima — one from the American perspective (Flags of Our Fathers), the other from the Japanese perspective (Letters from Iwo Jima). These are great films — about honor, sacrifice, and the cost of war.
Words to Ponder…
Not a Celebration
“This is the day we pay homage to all those who didn’t come home. This is not Veterans Day. It’s not a celebration, it is a day of solemn contemplation over the cost of freedom.” – Tamra Bolton
“We don’t know them all, but we owe them all.” – Unknown
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