When I was a kid, war movies were history. World War II movies were the history my parents had lived. The war was the big event of their lives, in which they had participated, Mom as a typist in the Coast Guard, Dad, as a Navy medic in the South Pacific.
The events these movies depicted–sometimes quite accurately–were important to know about. But they didn’t seem to be something we might still experience. Then I grew older. And my kids grew up.
The actors in war movies were now younger than I was, not the older heroes almost of myth, but young men and women. Much like my own kids.
And the world changed too. War became something we could experience. It was something many of us were experiencing. Continue Reading…