Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Top Ten Veteran’s Day Movies: WWII

Movies that embody the reasons we honor our fighting men and women of WWII on Veteran’s Day make my personal top ten list.

Veteran’s Day is not just a day off from school or work, Veteran’s Day is a day set aside to honor the brave men and women who have risked and given their lives to protect Americans and our way of life. Take a couple hours out of your day to watch a movie that reminds us all just why we celebrate our veterans on Veteran’s Day.

Veteran’s Day Movie: The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) Drama
A British officer shows grit and determination by defying the orders of his Japanese prison camp commander. In an effort to show British superiority and to boost the morale of the men in his command by giving them something to do, he later agrees to build a bridge for the Japanese railway. Unknown to him, the bridge is an Allied target scheduled to be destroyed upon its completion as a train carrying Japanese soldier and officials makes the first crossing. Will he stand by and let the monument he has built be destroyed or will he come the aid of his countrymen and help destroy the bridge?

Veteran’s Day Movie: Patton (1970) Drama
One of the most decorated and an ingenious commander of WWII, Patton demonstrates his skills from North Africa to Italy to France and then Germany. His reputation wins him many supporters but his big mouth gets him in trouble time and again. Read More

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Top Ten Veteran’s Day Movies: WWI

Movies that embody the reasons we honor our fighting men and women of WWI on Veteran’s Day make my personal top ten list.

Veteran’s Day is a time for honoring those who have served and died for our country and these movies exemplify that sacrifice. This top ten list focuses on World War I and the men and women of that era. Courage, patriotism and bravery are the key features in all of these movies about World War I. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.

Lawrence of Arabia (1962) The epic tale of the life of T.E. Lawrence as portrayed by Peter O’Toole follows the man through several battles as he faces conflict over his allegiance to his own country and army and his feelings for the tribal Arabian people he has come to know. The movie is considered a classic and has a memorable soundtrack.

Gallipolli (1981) A youthful Mel Gibson is joined by Mark Lee in this movie about the men who join the Australian Army during World War I and end up in Turkey during the Gallipolli Campaign. The film examines the romance of war and how the realities of it bear little resemblance to the dreams the men once held. Read More

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