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Memorial Day, 1993. When 13-year-old Kyle Vogel discovers the World War II footlocker belonging to his grandfather, Bud, everyone tells Kyle to put it back. Luckily, he ignores them. ... See full summary »

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Memorial Day, 1993. When 13-year-old Kyle Vogel discovers the World War II footlocker belonging to his grandfather, Bud, everyone tells Kyle to put it back. Luckily, he ignores them. Although Bud has never talked about the war, he finds himself striking a deal with his grandson: Kyle can pick any three souvenirs, and Bud will tell him the stories behind each one. Memorial Day not only takes us on a journey into Bud's complicated wartime past, but also into Kyle's wartime future. As the two men share parallel experiences in combat, they come to realize how that magical day on the porch shaped both of their lives. Written by Anonymous

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Two generations. Two wars. One story.

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Action | Drama | History | War

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Rated R for some war violence | See all certifications »

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11 July 2012 (Norway)  »

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Az emlékezés napja  »

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$4,200,000 (estimated)
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Kyle Vogel and Lt Tripp have a playful argument over whether corn is a vegetable or a grain but never arrive at an answer. In fact, both are correct. Corn is a vegetable because it is cultivated for its edible parts but it is also a grain because it is the dry seed of a grass species. See more »

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At the end of the film, SSG Vogel is depicted as wearing a Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB), with a star on it. The star denotes a second award, meaning he would have had to have fought in the 1991 Gulf War (the criteria for the CIB does not award a second CIB for serving in both Iraq and Afghanistan), something he is far too young to have done. See more »

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Bud Vogel: Stories live forever. But only if you tell them.
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A must see for any generation!!
28 March 2012 | by See all my reviews

I was lucky enough to see a screening of this film, and was blown away. To echo the reviews below, it's more than a war movie, it's a family movie. The movie crosses multiple generations, and encompasses stories from two wars. For those from the WWII generation this will bring back their own memories from a time with the war was very much part of their daily life. For those with loved ones serving now it gives a real face to what is happening. For everyone else it's a solid reminder that memories are stories that need to be shared, that burdens can't be carried alone and that all generations have something to give to one another.

Additionally, it teaches us that Memorial Day is more than a time for picnics and BBQ, more than just a free day off and a parade but that it's a day when we honor and remember.

I strongly recommend this for anyone, not just those with military ties.


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