Veterans Day and Small Town Leadership

By | November 11, 2017

[November 11, 2017]  A few days ago Boy Scout Troops from across the rural area where I live, gathered at a local Veterans Cemetery to plant American flags on each grave.  Yes, that’s what we call “old-fashioned leadership” and it works like it has always worked.  Communities throughout the world have relied on small-town leadership since the beginning where humans gathered in small settlements.

Each boy was a patriot.  I know, I asked each of them.  From the adult leaders to the boys themselves, and to their parents, it made a sight that made me smile and it would lighten the heart of anyone witness to their efforts at the cemetery.  But their efforts go beyond that to honor veterans; they collect cans of food, march in parades with vets, and go to homes of older vets to help around their house.

They also like to watch movies … what young boy doesn’t.  Below are a few of my personal favorite patriotic movies.  Look them up on your television and watch a few this weekend.

A salute to all our military veterans!

… and now for a dozen Patriotic movies for your entertainment pleasure.  You don’t have to be an American to enjoy these movies because they all target those human characteristics

  1. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) – Not all patriotic movies are about war or violence but sometimes about honesty versus corruption.
  2. Sergeant York (1941) – A great movie about the most famous American hero, Sergeant Alvin C. York who earned the Medal of Honor.
  3. Sands of Iwo Jima (1949) – Story of the U.S. Marines on the Japanese-held island of Iwo Jima.
  4. The Longest Day (1962) – One of my personal favorites, this classic about the most important day of World War II, the D-Day landings in Normandy.
  5. Patton (1970) – Iconic World War II movie about Patton’s Third Army.
  6. The Right Stuff (1983) – A film on the lives of the Mercury Seven, those who volunteered to blast off at a time-space travel was exceptionally dangerous.
  7. Top Gun (1986) – An American classic that shows us U.S. Navy fighter jets flying around for nearly two hours.
  8. Glory (1989) – The movie tells the story of one of the first all-black Union army regiments in the American Civil War.
  9. Forrest Gump (1984) – Touches on early rock’n ‘roll, the Vietnam War, the drug culture, and much more.
  10. Saving Private Ryan (1998) – One of the greatest war movies ever made but it’s more than about fighting.
  11. The Patriot (2000) – A war move about the American Revolutionary War.
  12. Miracle (2004) – Great sports movie about the American underdog hockey team versus the Soviet Union’s heavily favored team.

Here is my list of the “Top 20 War Movies” from a couple of years ago (see link here).

Have a Happy Veterans Day.

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