On November 11, 1918, an Armistice to end the First World War was signed. “The war to end all wars” was over. Sadly, we know that was wishful thinking. Wars continue. We send men and women off to defend us and fight for us. They sacrifice so much, and we should be ever mindful of that. That might mean care packages to those serving overseas; contributions to organizations; or even a simple “Thank you!” when we meet those who are in or have been part of the Armed Forces of the United States. And remember that their families do that time with them, whether stateside or abroad.
Sometimes we have a view of war that is presented in feature films or in historical analysis of major battles. But we need to remember that these battles were fought by real people. Many of them died. Many of them lived. And whether the battle was won or lost, the survivors lost brothers in arms and friends. Their recollections are an important part of their lives – and, ultimately, ours.
These documentaries give us veterans’ first-hand accounts of struggles in time of war – and sometimes the difficulties in returning home.
On Veterans Day, remember the veterans in your life. Family, friends, and total strangers who served for us.