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Veterans Day, November 11, 2020: Movies

Veterans Day is a federal holiday in the United States observed annually on November 11, for honoring military veterans, that is, persons who have served in the United States Armed Forces.

Movies

Hacksaw Ridge

During the bloodiest battle of WWII, in Okinawa, Desmond Doss saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon, as he believed that while the war was justified, killing was nevertheless wrong. As an army medic, he singlehandedly evacuated the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers and was wounded by a grenade and hit by snipers. Doss was the first conscientious objector to ever earn the Congressional Medal of Honor.

The last full measure

The true story of William Pitsenbarger, an Air Force medic who saved more than sixty men in one of the bleakest battles of the Vietnam War. Presented the chance to escape on the last helicopter, Pitsenbarger stayed behind to save and defend his comrade in arms. Twenty years later, Pitsenbarger's fellow soldiers and father seek the help of investigator Scott Huffman and other surviving veterans to finally secure him The Congressional Medal of Honor he deserved.

Winter soldier

Vietnam veterans speak about atrocities committed upon Vietnamese soldiers and civilians during their time in the U.S. armed forces in Vietnam. Through testimony given at the Winter Soldier Investigation held by the Vietnam Veterans Against the War in 1971, press conferences, and interviews with individual participants, the film graphically portrays the effect of U.S. government policy and practice, which turned soldiers into animals bent on destruction and Vietnamese into "gooks"--Non-human "targets" for murder, rape, and mutilation. The veterans struggle to come to terms with the devastation they caused so that others will not make the same mistake again.

Sgt. Will Gardner

A forgotten Iraq war veteran with severe PTSD is trying to pick up the pieces of his life. After a series of set backs he decides to steal a motorcycle and embarks on a cross-country road trip to reunite with his wife and son. Along his journey, he tries to pick up the pieces of a life he's lost since returning from combat and experiences frequent flashbacks to the Iraq War and frequently has conversations with his best friend and war buddy.

Last flag flying

Thirty years after they served together in Vietnam, a former Navy Corpsman re-unites with his old buddies to bury his son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War.