Taking Back June 6th


(Special thanks to my sister, Lisa Marie Bowman, who provided me with invaluable help in putting this post together.)

June 6th, 2011 is the 67th anniversary of D-Day but, if you’ve watched the nightly news, you might not know that.  According to them, the only important thing about June 6th is that it’s the day a congressman admitted that he’s been using twitter and Facebook to send out pictures of his junk. 

However, 67 years before Rep. Anthony Weiner admitted what everyone already knew, brave men from across the world bravely sacrificed their lives to defeat the greatest evil the world had ever known.  June 6th is about honoring their memory and sorry Rep. Weiner but we’re taking the day back.

With the help of the movies, of course.

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4 responses to “Taking Back June 6th

  1. I think you’re only person I saw on Twitter that recognized that today was D-Day. Thanks for sharing. Saving Private Ryan is one of my favorite movies on the topic, though I’m told that The Longest Day is also another great film covering that time.

    • Saving Private Ryan is definitely the best WW2 film to explore that war as real without the past Hollywood of glorifying it. It’s not the most accurate when compared to The Longest Day. The most fun D-Day film (well it’s pre-D-Day) is The Dirty Dozen.

  2. This is a love/hate thing subject for me. Not D-Day I enjoyed what you had to say in that regard. But that Hollywood covering of History I Love that history is a staple of filmmakers. But hate that they stand as fact for most who watch them. Many of those type films are subject to ‘creative license’,and or editing.Read the facts of history & if a film gets you to do this this is makes a perfect world!

    • Well, you can’t really blame Hollywood for the creative license. If people believe that the film is exactly how it happened that’s on those people and not the filmmakers. The Longest Day was based on a book that was written about D-Day and even that one they had to take some creative license since some of the people mentioned in Cornelius Ryan’s book didn’t give permission to be adapted onto the screen.

      I’m a huge WWII history buff and I automatically notice many things in WWII films that are not documentaries that are wrong, but I don’t see these films as historical fact but entertainment using a historical era as a setting. One of my favorite WWII films is Saving Private Ryan and for detail and fact Spielberg got right there was one that he didn’t but it didn’t lessen my enjoyment of the film or it’s impact. But I agree with you that people should use these films as a jumping off point to actually read up on the real history which tend to be even more dramatic and engaging than the films themselves.

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