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Nov 6 2007

Films to Commemorate Veterans' Day

by Chris S

FlagThis coming Sunday is Veterans’ Day, which originally commemorated the end of World War I, known at
the time as the “War to End All Wars” – if only we were so fortunate!  Today, this federal holiday still honors the many men and women who have served in our armed forces and the sacrifices they have made.

The library has many books and films that are appropriate remembrances of American wars for your Veterans’ Day holiday.  Here’s a sampling of World War films we own:

World War I

Sergeant York, starring Gary Cooper, tells the story of Alvin York, a conscientious objector who becomes a World War I hero.

Lawrence of Arabia, David Lean’s genius epic about the rebellious British soldier T. E. Lawrence and his influence in the middle east during the Great War.

World War II

The Bridge On the River Kwai tells of an obsessive and emotionally complex English officer (played by Sir Alec Guinness) whose madness borders on treason.  One of my all time favorite movies.

Saving Private Ryan, one of Steven Spielberg’s tributes to the “greatest generation,” has a chillingly realistic reenactment of the D-Day landing at Normandy.

The Caine Mutiny shows the immortal Humphrey Bogart as a navy captain who slowly loses his grip on reason.

Patton, starring George C. Scott in his signature role, was released at the height of the antiwar sentiment surrounding American involvement in Vietnam, yet still instantly became a modern classic.

Here’s a link to a Department of Veterans’ Affairs web page with a brief history of Veterans’ Day.

And remember that the library will be closed on Sunday, November 11 and Monday, November 12, in observance of Veterans’ Day.

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