I for some odd reason have a connection to WWII movies, documentaries and memorabilia. What people do not know about Indianapolis, it has the second most monuments and parks in the US (besides DC) that honor our war Heros. (As told by a tour guide...) A little stroll downtown will do one good to remember. Our newest being a couple beams from the World Trade Center that were made into a nice monument.
This one reason why the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is such a great place. During any race or event they pretty much treat any active or retired military folks like royalty. For those of you that attend rememberance events or have been to a military funeral, you know that lump that develops in your throat to keep you from crying like a baby.....come and watch the opening events of the Indy 500.....nothing like it in the world.
Every year in honor of those who served, my family and I watch my box set of The Pacific and Band of Brothers. My kid(s) being young and never having to deal with the war or police actions directly, I need them to see what it really takes and may soon take from them to remain free. The other thing I want them to know is who was(is) really America's allies during the worst war ever and to never forget. We just may need them again.
Just recently we lost that last sitting WWII Senator in DC......now it is full of people who have no one to make them understand the full scope of that war and work to do everything to avoid civilization getting to that point again. History repeats itself.....The Crusades are happening again before our eyes again in modern form. (Do some reading here.....it is scary on how much it sounds like today!)
gts, I do evny you being able to visit key locations while living abroad. My dream vacation is to the Isle of Man then on to Belgium into Normandy. This would continue into Northern Africa in Libya (I know, maybe not now) where my Uncle Agot fought and kicked Rummels ass, with a short stay in the island nation of Malta. That place took a beating from Nazi Germany and those folks stood tall. I can appreciate that.
This is starting to sound like the resident Doctor Atif.
So, yeah I can't get enough of WWII movies (either theatre) or John Wayne movies.....
Oh and gts...pictures, lots of pictures if you please.