It’s Memorial Day again. It’s also the time we should cast our minds back to the history. the great physical and mental tolls war takes on both soldiers and civilians has been a recurrent theme, as has the senselessness of most armed struggle. From the aftermath of the Civil War, to the absurd brutality of the Great War, to the anti-fascist fight in Spain in the late 1930s, to the unprecedented carnage of World War II, to the divisive tragedy in Vietnam, to the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the costs of America’s military ventures paid by the men and women who carry them out were always decried.
To mark this Memorial Day, we’ve assembled a small collection of archival articles and images of war and its victims.
Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May (May 31 in 2010). Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. soldiers who died while in the military service. First enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War (it is celebrated near the day of reunification after the Civil War), it was expanded after World War I.
Here we collected the top 10 movies for Memorial Day:
- They Were Expendable (1945)
- Twelve O’clock High (1949)
- From Here to Eternity (1953)
- In Harms Way (1965)
- Patton (1970)
- MASH (1970)
- An Officer And A Gentleman (1982)
- Saving Private Ryan (1998)
- The Patriot (2000)
- We Were Soldiers (2002)
Hopefully you will like them:
The wait is finally over. An American Idol has been named and a former paint salesman’s dreams have finally come true. Lee DeWyze, from Mount Prospect, Illinois, was named the winner of season 9, much to the delight of those who voted for him.
Lee DeWyze Wins American Idol Season 9 was the surprising headline in the TV world this Wednesday night. Most fans and TV critics expected Crystal Bowersox to win, but the public decided otherwise. 2% was the difference between winning and losing on American Idol 2010 season finale. Simon Cowell the ‘Idol’ judge known for his supposed meanness and who will be leaving the show, got a little emotional, here is what he said:
“I didn’t think I was going to be this emotional and I genuinely am. … Everybody asks who’s going to replace me, who going to be the next judge. The truth is you guys are the judge of this show and you’ve done an incredible job over the years.”
Let’s enjoy the American Idol 2010 (Season 9) winner Lee DeWyze’s 3 Songs in Finale:
1. The Boxer;
2. Everyboby Hurts;
3. Beautiful Day.