Before I get in to today’s post, I have to say a HUGE thank you to any and all veterans out there. We quite literally would not be here if it was not for your heroism, sacrifice, and courage. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to the safety and security of our nation.
Now, on to fun stuff…
If you know me, you know I love chocolate, Hanson, and of course, my veterans. I think they are true heroes and we all owe them so much—no matter your stance on war (past or present) you’ve got to give it up for the troops.
Whenever I watch certain movies about war or soldiers, I can’t help but feel a surge of patriotism (cheesy maybe, but I don’t care!). I thought that, instead of celebrating Veteran’s Day with a 40% off sale at JcPenney, we should all celebrate by 1., thanking a vet and 2., watching some awesome films that highlight our nation’s heroes! And, lucky for you, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite war movies!
Band of Brothers
Technically not a movie, but still! This mini-series first aired on HBO in 2001 and is AMAZING. It follows the true story of Easy Company from the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division from their days training as paratroopers through the battlefields of World War II. I’ve watched this series all the way through at least three times. And every time I watch this scene, it always gets me right in the heart.
I quite literally cried from the beginning of this movie to the end credits. True, the movie focuses mainly on a young boy, Albert Narracot, and his horse, Joey; but the film also chronicles the lives of key players during the days of World War I. If you haven’t seen this Oscar-winning film, you need to. Plus, Loki and Sherlock are in it…can’t beat that!
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Yet another film that had me in tears. Bruno, the only son of an SS officer in Germany, and his family are moved to the woods of Germany following Bruno’s father’s promotion. One day, Bruno finds a camp with a large fence around it. Near one of the fences he finds a boy about his age named Shmuel. The two become friends; oblivious to the world around them. Warning: if you watch this, keep the tissues handy. And also be prepared to never look at Professor Lupin the same way again.
The Great Escape
This is, by far, one of my favorite movies. Set in a German POW camp during WWII, this film chronicles the true story of the mass escape from Stalag Luft III in Sagan, Poland. I honestly can’t articulate why this is one of my favorite movies. Maybe because it’s a true story. Maybe because it shows the determination of a group of men to not only escape from the POW prison, but also to return to the fight. And maybe it’s because James Garner and Steve McQueen are oh-so-charming. Whatever the reason, it’s a must-see!
We Were Soldiers
Before Mel Gibson started hitting the bottle (and cops, for that matter) he was an amazing actor. His portrayal of Lieutenant Colonel Hal Moore during the Vietnam War is wonderful.
Happy Veteran’s Day!