Memorial Day- Reel honors real heroes

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Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday which occurs every year on the final Monday of May. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

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Soldiers, we salute you! Reel honors real heroes

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Top 5 must see movies/TV shows on this day…

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Saving Private Ryan  is a 1998 American  epic war film set during the invasion of Normandy in World War II. Saving Private Ryan 1

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On the morning of June 6, 1944, the beginning of the Normandy invasion, American soldiers prepare to land on Omaha Beach.

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They struggled against dug-in German infantry, machine gun nests, and artillery fire, which cut down many of the men.

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Tom Hanks ' character, a schoolteacher in his civilian life, overcomes his own fears to lead a squad of soldiers on a seemingly impossible mission: to locate and save Pvt. James Francis Ryan, the sole survivor among four brothers, who is trapped behind enemy lines.

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If there is any film that is able to touch the American sentiment for war, while also portraying how awful the process is, it’s  Saving Private Ryan .

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Band of Brothers  is a ten-part, 11-hour television World War II  miniseries, originally produced and broadcast in 2001, based on historian and biographer Stephen E. Ambrose's book of the same title.  Band of Brothers 2

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This television miniseries focuses on Easy Company, a group of American soldiers in World War II, tracking their experiences from the beginning of boot camp to the end of the war. 

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Starting with jump training at Camp Toccoa , Georgia,  Band of Brothers  follows the unit through the American airborne landings in Normandy , Operation Market Garden, the Siege of Bastogne, and on to the war's end, including the taking of the Eagle's Nest and Japan's capitulation .

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The series is based on real-life events. Numerous characters either die or sustain serious wounds, some of which lead to their being sent home or leaving the hospital to rejoin their comrades on the front lines . Their experiences and the moral, mental, and physical hurdles they must overcome are central to the story.

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Black Hawk Down 3 Black Hawk Down (2001) chronicles the events of the Battle of Mogadishu, a raid integral to the United States' effort to capture Somali warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid .

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In 1993 a small, elite group of American troops, part of a UN peacekeeping force, entered Somalia's capital Mogadishu to capture the lieutenants of a local warlord.

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The operation was supposed to take 30 minutes; in fact it took many hours of desperate street-fighting, cost the lives of 18 Americans and more than 1,000 Somalis.

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This film focuses on the heroic efforts of various Rangers to get to the downed black hawks, centering on Sgt. Eversmann , leading the Ranger unit Chalk Four to the first black hawk crash site.

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The firefight is a merciless 15-hour ordeal and the longest ground battle involving American soldiers since the Vietnam War.

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Black Hawk Down was voted one of the top ten films of the year by the National Board of Review prior to its limited Oscar-qualifying release.

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The Patriot 4 The Patriot (2000) depicts the story of an American swept into the American Revolutionary War when his family is threatened.

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A former hero of the French/Indian War, Benjamin Martin has renounced fighting forever to raise his family in peace. Although once a wily and ferocious soldier, he marries a fine woman who bears him seven children.

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But rebellion is brewing--another conflict with Britain is inevitable. Recently widowed, his goals change. He's the sole caretaker of his brood, and the horrors of past combat haunt him still. When the British arrive, the reluctant hero discovers that he must join the nation's war to protect his family.

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Pearl harbor 5 Pearl Harbor (2001) is a dramatic reimagining of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the subsequent Doolittle Raid .

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Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett star as two childhood buddies, Rafe McCawkey and Danny Walker who dream of flying. They join the United States Air Force at the dawn of World War II.

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PEARL HARBOR is immensely satisfying as a spectacle and as an historical re-enactment of the early days of World War II.

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Despite negative reviews from critics, Pearl Harbor became a major box office success and won the Academy Award for Best Sound Editing.

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Happy memorial day!

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