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Fun and more fun, but none of it relating to books (because I have another page for that)

November 11, 2012

Happy Veteran’s Day!

Today as I was going down Contra Costa Blvd (the main street in my old hometown of Pleasant Hill), American flags were out. Veteran’s Day again.  Near my house is a tribute to all the soldiers who died in Iraq.  So much divsion has happened the past ten years. However, one must remember the sacrifices the people in our Armed Forces have made, even if we disagreed about what they were fighting for.


Here are some thoughts/videos for this Veteran’s Day, 2012:


Flanders Fields

Honoring Those Who Serve

World War Two

Tender Commrade: This is one of my all time favorite movies staring Ginger Rogers as  Jo Jones, who’s waiting to hear about her husband while he’s fighting in Germany.  Jo lives with several other women whose husbands are also serving overseas. While the film leans toward American propaganda, there’s not a dry eye in the house when Rogers talks to her infant son towards the ending.

Ryan’s Daughter: I’ve written about this movie before , and while the seaside Irish village is miles away from a battlefield, World War I shadows the story of Rosy Ryan (Sarah Miles), a girl trying to figure out her place in the world. There is love, betrayal, and much heartache when Rosy has an affair with an English soldier, who is considered an enemy. One striking image is Rosy primping to impress her crush (Robert Mitchum) admist wreckage from a bombed ship.

Coming Home: Jane Fonda received much criticism when, in 1972, she posed for pictures in a Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun. (Fonda explains it in a blog post here)  One of the ways she tried to make amends is making the film Coming Home. Fonda plays Sally Hyde, whose husband,  Bob (Bruce Dern), is shipped to Vietnam. She volunteers at a local VA hospital and becomes reacquainted with Luke Martin (Jon Voight) who lost the use of his legs while doing a tour of duty in the war.  Luke and Sally fall in love, but things become complicated when Sally’s husband comes home a different man. This scene when Bob confronts Sally and Luke is a master class in acting:

And we cannot forget The Andrews Sisters, saluting that Boogie Woogie Bugle Bugle Boy of Company B: