I’m a history buff from waaaaaaay back, and that means mostly with military things. Yes, I know, weird that a woman would appreciate the history of military events, but I think I must have been a warrior or a soldier in a past life. I just appreciate that kind of thing – a lot. I think what I appreciate the most is the camaraderie, the bravery in the face of total and utter fear, and the ability to sacrifice one’s self for the common good. I admire courage. I admire young men, possibly my son’s age, not old enough to legally drink yet but old enough to fight and die for a cause they believe in. Bravery is courage in the face of fear.
Consequently, I love military movies. I’ve seen pretty much all of them – WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Medieval, Napoleonic wars, etc. Some of my favorites are WWII movies. Men from that era have been called our Greatest Generation and I agree 100%. They absolutely were. One of my favorite all-time shows is Band of Brothers. What an amazing, in-depth look into the psyche of men who faced death on a daily basis. They lost best friends, saw carnage, fought for freedom, yet remained human throughout it all. I think that must have been the hardest part. Trying to stay human.
Here’s the passage from Henry V that the title, Band of Brothers, was taken from:
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remember’d;
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother.
Great stuff. To all of those veterans out there on this Memorial Day, we remember. And thanks.