We Stand Alone Together – Band of Brothers Documentary
If you’ve never seen We Stand Alone Together (The Band of Brothers Documentary), now’s the time to check it out. Then, check out the Band of Brothers miniseries.
One bit that I think the documentary does better than the miniseries is give you a better idea of where these guys came from. When you watch the miniseries, it’s enough to know that all the guys volunteered to be paratroopers, but the documentary drives home the idea of how tough these guys had it growing up. These guys grew up during the depression – they grew up poor, sometimes just hoping for basics like food… How is that fair? I am always flabbergasted when I think about this generation. “Hey,” life says, “How did you folks enjoy growing up during the depression? Well, you’re going to have to go fight the Nazis now. Oh, ever heard of the Winter at Valley Forge? Yeah, we got something like that in store for you, too.” Yeah, that is not fair – but then, as we know, life is never fair.
On this Veteran’s Day, remember that Easy Company, 2nd Battalion of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, AKA the “Screaming Eagles,” is just one of countless groups of people who fought for their country. Fortunately, Easy Company has gotten the recognition they deserve – most soldiers, airmen, marines and sailors do not. That’s what today is about – think about them, think about how much they sacrificed and remember – without these men and women, the world would be a much different place.
(Oh, and write your member of Congress on veterans issues! [Homelessness, Health Care, Transition to Civilian Life/Workforce and so on.] Snail mail to DC is, on some level, the best way to help Veterans because it gives your Congressional member a physical prop, and they love taking their props to the chamber.)
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