Monday Mash-Up ~ 2022.05.30

memorial day

Memorial Day Viewing
Honoring Soldiers on Both Sides of the Battlefield

Memorial Day.

Every year around this time, I re-watch Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima — a pair of films directed by Clint Eastwood and released in 2006. Both tell the story of the Battle of Iwo Jima — “Flags…” from the perspective of the Americans and “Letters…” from the perspective of the Japanese. 

I love these films for many reasons — starting with the fact that they remind us that soldiers fall on both sides of the battlefield. Our “enemies” also are sons and daughters, fathers and mothers, husbands and wives. 

Today, as we honor “our” fallen soldiers, we also can honor “theirs.”


Recommended Viewing
Memorial Day – A History of Reflection & Remembrance

Not a word is spoken during this 5:46 video. But plenty is said…


Recommended Reading
The Remarkable Story of Maya Lin’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Maya Lin was an undergraduate at Yale University when she submitted her design for the soon-to-be-built Vietnam memorial in Washington, D.C. Her’s was one of more than 1,400 submissions, and the design earned just a “B” in her architecture course at Yale.

But her design was chosen. Here’s the story of how the monument came to be. 


Recommended Reading
Lessons from the Gettysburg Address

Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address four and a half months after the Union army defeated the Confederacy on the battlefield in southeastern Pennsylvania. Just 271 words, the speech is a masterpiece.

Here’s an article I like from FastCompany that offers 10 lessons on how to deliver a “poised and powerful” presentation.


Wise Words
Why We Remember…

“Sharing tales of those we’ve lost is how we keep from really losing them..”

– Mitch Albom

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Tom Ruwitch is the founder and CEO of Story Power Marketing. For more than 30 years, he has helped businesses grow by delivering powerful stories using a variety of different media.