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Band of Brothers

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.

1 Comment

  • liloshadow
    Posted May 27, 2013 at 4:23 am

    You know when I was younger I never had that great of an appreciation for history. Then 9/11 happened and it opened my eyes quite a bit…then I went to Germany and visited a concentration camp. Talk about a life changing experience. The feelings that place evoked…Now I have a whole deeper appreciation to those that serve and protect us from the very evil that, that place held. So thank you, to those who have served and those who currently serve now. Thank you.

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