Post by armchair general on Jun 6, 2019 18:43:52 GMT
With today, as you know, being the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, I was wondering how fellow Foruminians are honoring those that sacrificed so much for us.
For myself, I started today like every morning of June 6 since the film was released by watching the Omaha Beach scene from Saving Private Ryan. To me, this is the closest to the real thing (as it's been written about and talked about) that I've seen on the Big Screen that depicts what it was like on that horrible day (if you've seen something better, please let me know). As a teacher, I think EVERY high school American History student should be required to watch this (with parental permission of course) so it can give them just a tiny taste of what their ancestors went through to give them the freedom that they continue to enjoy. During lunch, I watched this short, excellent, and moving film about one of the last surviving paratroopers from the Normandy Invasion. If you don't start to get a little emotional at the end, there is something wrong with you. You can watch the movie here: D-Day ParaTrooper Film. You can also read about him here: Leslie Cruise Story. When I get home tonight after I put the kids to bed, I plan on watching Parts 2 ("Day of Days") and 3 ("Carentan") of The Band of Brothers miniseries and as much of The Longest Day that I can get through until I pass out.
Thank you for this thread. I have watched much of the ceremonies honoring those brave men & some of the movies/documentaries on television all week. Today I watched "Fighter Squadron" 1948 vintage & was somewhat amused by it. The Americans flew P-47's, the German fighter planes were Messerstangs. Yes my friends, in 1948, Hollywood used P-51's painted Luftwaffe Grey as Bf-109's. I also enjoyed an adult beverage & hoisted a toast to those who were there, 75 years ago giving their all for our Freedom. Never Forget Them & Honor Them in your own way. God Bless Them All!