Memorial Day DVD

It’s Memorial Day, hitting DVD from Image Entertainment. Here’s what they have to say for themselves:

The wars may differ, but the stories and emotions are universal. On May 29, Image Entertainment invites you to peer into the unique experiences of soldiers at war–and at peace–with Memorial Day. It’s Memorial Day 1993, when 13-year-old Kyle Vogel stumbles upon his grandfather Bud’s (James Cromwell, The Artist, Babe) World War II footlocker. Though reluctant to discuss the war with his grandson, Bud strikes a deal with Kyle: He’ll tell the stories of any three objects from the footlocker that Kyle chooses. As we flash back to see Bud’s WWII tales (the younger Bud is played by John Cromwell, James Cromwell’s son) from Europe unfold through his souvenirs and memories, we also flash forward to see how the present day SSgt. Kyle Vogel’s (Jonathan Bennett, Mean Girls) experiences in Iraq parallel them–and how that day on the porch with his grandfather will affect how he ultimately deals with the losses, regrets and moral dilemmas that unite all soldiers across all wars and generations.

Memorial Day is an inspiring and emotionally authentic portrayal of what military members face in combat on a day-to-day basis, and the importance of handing down stories from generation to generation. Military personnel who have seen the film have praised it for its “poignant and clever storyline” and “tremendous imagery”–and hailed it as “a truly cathartic film for current and future generations.” At a time when thousands of soldiers are returning home (and 850 WWII veterans pass into history each day), Memorial Day serves as a powerful reminder that encouraging living veterans to tell their stories is as important as honoring those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

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