'The Best Years of Our Lives" (1944)
I've been watching this movie quite a bit over the past two weeks and I just love it... My dad will be gone in June two years, and this movie makes me feel close to him.
It's been said by someone once that this movie is the closest thing to reality of what our soldiers went through.
In the above scene, the soldier coming home reminds me of one of the wonderful nursing home friends I have had. They called him 'Sy', a nickname, a shortened version of that great polish last name of his. Sy was in a wheelchair and still had a most handsome face to behold, much like an older version of the actor, Robert Hutton who took Jimmy Stewart's place during WWII. Sy was missing part of his lower leg, he told me of being in the great cathedral in France with other soldiers where they would sleep and take refuge before liberating the camps. He came home to oldtown on a bus, there were no phones, he walked home and knocked at the door of his sweet home with his bag over his shoulder. His family came to the door...and there was Sy. Can you imagine?
The neighborhood he came home to in 'oldtown' is right around my husband's office. The area just screams of an older and more gentle time... The 30s and 40s...
With Memorial Day soon, I thought I must put this up. Many think it's time to party-on but really it's time to think about those great soldiers and the sacrifices they gave for us and our freedom. Of course I try to have a healthy attitude on it all but let's never, never forget what our soldiers have done for us as I'm sure you would agree.
Our oldest daughter, Lea was blessed to be able to visit Pearl Harbor and assist with those great men who did survive Pearl Harbor. This took place at the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor a couple of Decembers ago. She still speaks with one, Uncle Bob over the phone.
I miss my Dad...
There are more then several other old movie favorites I would also like to recommend, maybe I'll add to this list as I think of more:
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944) A true story.
Destination Tokyo (1943) A true story. The poignant scene of the appendix operation down below in the submarine did happen! Roberto Hutton playing the part of this precious young man being operated on was Jimmy Stewart's fill-in during WWII. Jimmy Stewart was away at war.
The Story of G.I. Joe (1945) A true story.
Sergeant York (1941) A true story. The actress, Joan Leslie, was chosen to play Sergeant York's wife, Gracie because Sergeant York wanted a wholesome actress, one who did not curse, drink or smoke and there you have lovely Joan Leslie.
Scene from The Best Years of Our Lives I took a pic of the other day...The fellas are flying home together discussing what it will be like when they arrive home...
I love the part where Homer says with a lift of the chin and a grin in the movie:
Sometimes things happen, perhaps we get our feelings hurt, and I'll share with my husband. I'll look at my husband and smile and then say.... I'm alright...Just like Homer said.
I loved this plaque that I saw at Hobby Lobby yesterday...
May we remember those who bravely fought for and served this country. Greatness.
If we want things to be like they were as far as a moral attitude and love for country and healthy fear of God, let it begin with us. Right?
Let's not be afraid to set our standards for a sweet home high, saturated with love, soaked in wisdom and steeped in acceptance of those around us. People may not remember what we say, but they will, remember how they are made to feel. Yep, you better believe it right? : ) We might just be the only Jesus others see and feel.
Have a nice day and week, Loves, May we lift our great country up in prayers. ~Amelia