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Celebrate our soldiers with these five Veteran films

Sam Shirk
A&E Editor
sxs1090@lhup.edu

November is the month to celebrate those who have fought and possibly died for our country. During the day, stop by and make a donation to an organization for Veterans or their families, and then, at night, sit and enjoy one of these five veteran films!

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Photo from parismatch.com

5. “American Sniper”

Released this year, this film follows Navy S.E.A.L. sniper, Chris Kyle, as he uses his pinpoint accuracy to save countless lives on the battlefield, turning him into a legend. However after four services of duty what happens when he can’t seem to leave the war behind him?

This film is an in-depth tale of what soldiers can experience when they return home and how normal life is often difficult to return to. If you wanted to fully understand what our soldiers go through, this is the perfect film to watch for November.

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4. “Black Hawk Down”

Released in 2001, this film is about 123 elite U.S. soldiers who are dropped into Somalia to capture two top lieutenants of renegade warlord but end up in a desperate battle with a large force of heavily-armed Somalis.

This film is great for Veteran’s month because we get a clear depiction of the kinds of enemies our Veterans can face while they’re out on the battlefield. Also, we get to see how a group of soldiers can try and figure a way out of an unexpected situation.

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3. “We Were Soldiers”

Released in 2002, Mel Gibson stars in this dramatic tale about the first major battle of the Vietnam War for the American Phase. We also get to see the story of the soldiers on both sides that fought it.

This film gives us a chance to go back in time to a war that had a major affect on all of us allowing us to understand the two different sides. It really gives us a deeper perspective on the horror that war can bring.

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2. “Born on the Fourth of July”

This film focuses on life of Ron Kovic, a Vietnam vet, who ended up paralyzed from the waist down. Feeling betrayed by the country he fought for, he becomes a anti-war activist and a pro-human rights activist.

This is an emotional but truthful tale about how overlooked our veterans are. It shows the story from such a personal angle that it allows us to connect more to the character and his situation. It gets us thinking about other soldiers who might be in his shoes, and is perfect for November.

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1. “Saving Private Ryan”

This films follows a group U.S. soldiers after the Normandy Landings who go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers were killed in action.

This is a moving tale about the importance of brotherhood and the extremes our soldiers will go to help each other out and really enhances the “No man left behind” policy. It also provides us with crystal clear battle scenes which help us feel as the character do.

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