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Memorial Day -- Young Kyle Vogel discovers the World War II footlocker belonging to his grandfather, Bud. The veteran, who has previously never discussed his experiences, strijes a deal with his grandson: Kyle can pick any three souvenirs, and Bud will tell him the stories behind each one.
Memorial Day -- Clip: Snowy Struggle
Memorial Day -- Clip: It's A Trap
Memorial Day -- Clip: Box of Stories


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Release Date:
11 July 2012 (Norway) See more »
Two generations. Two wars. One story.
Memorial Day, 1993. When 13-year-old Kyle Vogel discovers the World War II footlocker belonging to his grandfather... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Jonathan Bennett ... SSGT. Kyle Vogel

James Cromwell ... Bud Vogel
John Cromwell ... Lieutenant Bud Vogel

Jackson Bond ... Young Kyle Vogel
Mary Kay Fortier-Spalding ... Betty Vogel

Emily Fradenburgh ... LT Kelly Tripp

Charles Hubbell ... Cpt. Tom Marshall
Corby Kelly ... Derek Lodermeier
Chris LeFevere ... Spc. Josh Berg

Steven Luke ... Brandt (as Luke Schuetzle)

Jasper Morgan ... Young German Soldier
Reed Sigmund ... Ed Gorski
Thomas Sellwood ... PFC Nick Sullivan
Erin Traxler ... Sarah Vogel
Armin Zadeh ... Moises Aguilar
Max Gonzales ... Zack Vogel
Rick Fryklund ... Donnelly
Scott Eiden ... PFC Travis Shane
Olivia Coon ... Ruthy Vogel
Noah Coon ... James Vogel
Craig Christiansen ... Ron Vogel

Savvy Anavkar ... Insurgent 1 (as Sarvesh Anavkar)
Ansa Akyea ... COL Glenn Larson

Aaron Courteau ... Frankie Califano
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mathew Denn ... SS Driver
Sean Dooley ... SGT Jack O'Hara

Fredrika Dukes ... PFC Tyson
John Paul Echert ... Father Echert
Ethan Fagen ... Justin
Brady Harrison ... Fischer
Travis Jacobsen ... SS Officer
Eric Jon Pierson ... Insurgent 2 (as Eric Pierson)
Aaron Preusse ... Martel
Abhinav Saihgal ... Iraqi Civilian #1
Jatin Setia ... Interpreter

Luis John Soria ... Iraqi Civilian #31 (as Luis Soria)
Joshua Courteau ... (uncredited)
Joel Edwards ... LT COL John Winkler (uncredited)

Punnavith Koy ... (uncredited)
Adam Simon ... German Medic (uncredited)

Directed by
Samuel Fischer 
Writing credits
Jeff Traxler (based on a story by) and
Marc Conklin (based on a story by)

Marc Conklin (screenplay)

Produced by
Craig Christainsen .... producer
Samuel Fischer .... executive producer (as Sam Fischer)
Kyle O'Malley .... executive producer
Jeff Traxler .... executive producer
Original Music by
Paul Hartwig 
Cinematography by
Bo Hakala 
Film Editing by
Bill Rammer 
Production Design by
Mark Wojahn 
Art Direction by
Lindsey Koens 
Set Decoration by
Ryan Smith 
Makeup Department
Crist Ballas .... key makeup artist
Natalie A. Hale .... makeup department head
Miki Sautbine .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Philip Joncas .... unit production manager
Art Department
James Bakkom .... set designer
Adam Esco .... construction coordinator
Faith Farrell .... charge scenic
Elizabeth Fox .... assistant property master
Brenden Harris .... set dresser
Buzzy Holmes .... painter
Aaron Isek .... art pa
David Janezich .... art pa
Peter E. Jensen .... set dresser
Cody Larson .... art pa
Ryan Melling .... set dresser
Joel Sisson .... on-set dresser
Nick Songo .... art pa
Gabe Wimmer .... property master
Sound Department
Jeff DesLauriers .... sound designer
Jeff DesLauriers .... sound recordist
Matthew Freed .... sound mixer
Laura Harley .... additional audio
Tim Hoogenakker .... sound re-recording mixer
Tim Hoogenakker .... supervising sound editor
Shawn Kennelly .... foley mixer supervisor
Garrett Montgomery .... sound effects editor
Dawn Redmann .... additional audio
Alek Roslik .... boom operator
Patrick R. Schaefer .... boom operator
David 'Lion' Thompson .... boom operator
Darren 'Sunny' Warkentin .... lead sound effects editor
Special Effects by
Nate Courteau .... special effects
Mark R. Johnson .... special effects crew
Brian Panther .... special effects coordinator
Allen Turner .... special effects foreman
Michael Duffy .... stunt performer
Joe Foley .... stunt double
Jason Hilton .... stunt coordinator
Kyle Jacobson .... stunt performer
Andrew Morgan .... stunt performer
Tom Ringberg .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Nathan Armstrong .... first assistant camera
David Cook .... gaffer
Eoin McGuigan .... b camera first assistant
Eoin McGuigan .... digital imaging technician
Eoin McGuigan .... second assistant camera
Alyssa Schneider .... still photographer
Thomas Schwingle .... b camera operator
Thomas Schwingle .... director of photography: second unit
Darin Spring .... key grip
Charlie Vaughan .... still photographer
Nick Hillyard .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Emily Fradenburgh .... casting
Antonette Trussoni .... casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Natalie A. Hale .... wardrobe supervisor
Miki Sautbine .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Jonathan Liebert .... digital cinema mastering
Oscar Oboza .... colorist
Other crew
Daniel Cummings .... production assistant
Brianna Deihl .... key production assistant: set
Francisco G. Hamm .... air force advisor
Punnavith Koy .... production assistant
Ron Middlestaedt .... stand-in
Vicente C. Ogilvie .... Department of Defense liaison officer
Christopher Powers .... production assistant
Joel Thingvall .... location advisor
Angie Voreis .... assistant to director

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Rated R for some war violence
104 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

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 »
Factual errors: During Operation Market Garden, the US Airborne troops are shown being driven in trucks. However the US Airborne troops had no vehicles assigned to their outfits and therefore walked/marched off their landing zones in Holland, 1944.See more »
Lt. Kelly Tripp:The strictest rules in any family are the ones never spoken, right?
SSGT. Kyle Vogel:Yes ma'am.
Lt. Kelly Tripp:So why push it?
SSGT. Kyle Vogel:You gotta know the rules in order to break 'em, right ma'am?
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31 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Memorial Day movie from a Veteran's Perspective, 14 March 2012
Author: Kyle OMalley from United States

Memorial Day is not meant to be a "war" movie, it is a Veteran's story. Made with Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans, the intent was to convey to our families and friends the impact on the soul of going to war. It is not meant to glorify war, everyone who goes there comes back a lesser person in some ways. Enlightened yes, but all too often hardened also. Being a Veteran of several campaigns I don't see myself ever opening up to my immediate family but someday with time and a bit of distance from those tours of duty will be able to relate some of it to grandchildren as "Bud" Vogel/actor James Cromwell, the Grandfather in the movie did.

This movie was helped by a lot of really good people helping to make it this far, and graced by historically significant WWII aircraft. The P38 Lightning is one of only a half dozen flying in the world, the P51 Mustang is one of only a handful that actually flew combat missions in WWII. Fagen Fighters of Granite Falls, Minnesota must be thanked for that. It was made with the invaluable contribution of the WWII Historical Reenactment Society, and many local MN Iraq Veterans used as background actors. It is a story of great significance, and if we can get it told I feel it will do immeasurable good in helping Veterans and their families come to terms with our current return to civilian life. And not least of all, it is a respectful homage to our passing WWII Veterans. In 10 yrs they will all virtually be gone. Our hopes are that the movie will help them, and Veterans of all wars, pass on their first hand experiences and witness to history.

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