I was a little unsure about what to post. On a practical level, today is about the start of summer, spending time with friends, grilling meat, enjoying a relaxing day in a park. On a philosophical level, it's about memorializing the countless soldiers who have died in the U.S. military.
Kind of hard to bring it all together. So I decided to just find a patriotic video. Thought about something U.S. Soccer related--too commercial. Thought about Saving Private Ryan--too cliche. Reflected on the fact that there are no good Revolutionary War movies.
And in the end, decided on this:
Glory. The only movie that ever made Friend of the Blog Chris Widman cry. True story.
Now this is a patriotic movie. Yes, it's about the Civil War, a conflict that literally divided the nation. But this scene (sorry about the two clips' overlap and the credits--I just really like the frieze) sort of sums it all up. You have guys not just fighting for their country and for their fellow soldiers, but, at least indirectly, for an ideal: equality and freedom.
And that, really, is what America is all about... at least if I have to define it with a YouTube clip.