I admit it, I am the most boring person ever! I do historical research for fun and watch documentaries for entertainment. I've been this way since I was very young and don't see any hope of it ever changing. Last night I was wide awake watching the History Channel. They had an excellent program on called Vietnam in HD. This show isn't for the weak at heart. They took home video and news reports from Vietnam and basically remastered them. It was insane, but in the end I walked away with a whole new respect for our vet's.
Vietnam in HD is amazing! I felt like I was viewing the war through the soldiers eyes. I have watch a lot of war documentaries and never have I felt the fear of the men like I did watching that. The images were so heart wrenching I almost cried and then add in the vets that were there telling the story of what's going on on the film! These men were just boys then and the rest of their lives they live with the things they saw.
It really got me thinking about what our soldiers have been through all through the history of America. The men who leave behind families that love them to go fight in places they'd only ever heard of in social studies. Some of these boys went from high school to a battle field, prom to a fight for their lives. From the revolutionary war to today their have been fights for freedom and men willing to lay down their lives for it.
Vietnam in HD really brought these men to life in a way I don't think any book, documentary, or movie ever could. You watch knowing these are real people, real lives being lost. You sit transfixed as bombs go off at their feet and bullets whiz past their heads. You can see the real pain and fear in their eyes and see the friendship they shared through their selfless actions to save one another. I don't think a person exists that wouldn't be touched and changed forever after watching it.
I recommend anyone who can stomach real war scenes watch this documentary. It will change your view of our vets forever. Tomorrow being Veteran's day I know I will be thanking the men who lived through and died in these wars. I will thank them for protecting the liberty of our nation that was hard won. Regardless of your opinions of war we owe a debt of gratitude to all American soldiers. The boys who trade college books for guns and miss out on so many important things in life to fight for us. To all our vet's and active military men and women, thank you from the bottom of my heart.