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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
Cast member SFC Luis J. Soria, USA retired, presented Director Samuel Fischer with an authentic United States Army Unit Coin while on set filming the ISF Recruiting Mission segment. Mr. Soria (as Luis Soria) received this coin in 1991 for his partition in the gulf war known as Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield. Ironically, Mr. Soria is playing the part of an Iraqi Solider in this film. See more »
In the end credits, Captain Larson's rank is incorrectly shown as COL (colonel). See more »
People wonder if leaders are born, or made. All I know is, you can see it in a man's eyes. The problem is, leaders end up where they're needed most, and eventually, that's war.
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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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