Memorial Day

The time has come around to celebrate Memorial day, a day set aside to honor those who have died in the armed services of the United States.  Last year I covered some of the history about the holiday on this post. This year I figured I would revisit some of the wars in which the US has participated.  In researching this, I found that we have been in more armed conflicts then I had thought we had.  Whether this was an oversight of my history education in school, or just something I forgot, I don’t know.   I was even going to type up a list, but if the wikipedia list is anything to go by, it would have been too long for a simple blog post.

Some of the conflicts and wars were Americans against ourselves or our neighbors such as the Native Americans, Mexico and once Canada (on behalf of Britain). Others were American forces helping out in other conflicts or outright war with another country.  Either way, Memorial Day is a day to celebrate the Men and Women who put their life on the line for our country and lost it.   We might not remember why they fought or disagreed with the leadership that sent them to fight, but we should remember their sacrifice for our country.

The US of course isn’t the only country to have a day set aside to memorialize those who have died while in the service of their country, as shown in this Time.com Article.  Some take place in spring, like the US holiday, but others take place at other times of the year.  For example, in Great Britain, they celebrate Remembrance Day on November 11, the day World War II ended.

Memorial Day is sometimes confused with Veterans Day, but they have separate purposes.  Veterans Day in the US is held on November 11, and is there to honor all those who served.  Memorial day is for the sole purpose of honoring the memory of those who served and lost their lives.

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In Memory: Anton Yelchin

 

I actually had a different post written here when I first heard the news yesterday abut Anton dying in a car accident.  There wasn’t much to add to it, but I decided it would be better to rewrite it all.

Anton Yelchin is an actor best known for his recent role as Pavel Chekov, in the reboot series of Star Trek.  He also has been in several smaller movies. I have seen only a few but enjoyed his acting in what I did see. Charlie Bartlet was an odd movie but I liked him in it.

He was only 27 years old, so unlike some of the other tributes I’ve done this year (and I’ve done more then I expected only 6 months into the year)  There is not alot to say.  He died just when his career was getting more recognition.

Thank you Anton for what you have provided for us as entertainment.  Star Trek won’t be the same without you.

I will end this with a link to a wonderful bit of fanart done in tribute to Anton

 

Alan Rickman 1946-2016

I didn’t think I’d be writing two memorial posts in a single week.  Or that I would loose two parts of my childhood at the same age, from the same thing.  Alan Rickman passed away this morning at the age of 69 from cancer.

As with David Bowie, I grew up with Alan Rickman in films.  I remember my sister’s favorite film for awhile was Robin Hood: Price of Thieves  where Rickman played Nottingham and threatened to use a spoon on a Robin because it was dull and thus would hurt more

One of my favorite adaptations of Jane Austen had him as Colonel Brandon, an older man who falls in love with Marianne.

Coming out of High School there was Dr. Lazarus, from Galaxy Quest, Harry from Love Actually,  and Marvin the depressed Robot from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

For many of my friends who liked Kevin Smith Films, he was also Megatron, the voice of God from Dogma.

However, I think for a entire generation he will always be Professor Snape. While over the years my love of Snape had decreased due to realising how much of creep he really was, Alan Rickman had me loving the morally grey character.

Also apparently he was the bad guy in Die Hard, but I’ve never watched Die Hard so I can’t really say anything about it.  But now I have a reason to watch it.

2016 is taking a lot of legends in their field.   Rest in Peace, Mr. Rickman.  Thank you for your decades of Entertainment.  You will be missed.