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Top Ten Movies To Watch On Memorial Day

Monday is Memorial Day, in remembrance of U.S. soldiers who died fighting in wars declared and undeclared. Last year, I wrote a piece examining how our war films have changed over the decades along with our perceptions of, and attitudes about, warfare. This year, I present to you my list of the top ten films to watch on Memorial Day. These are films that reflect what Memorial Day represents: the sacrifice of lives during war, and the grief of those left behind.

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Bin Laden Still Sucks: Five Patriotic Foods to Honor Our Armed Forces

President Barack Obama announced that elite U.S. troops had killed Osama bin Laden. After almost ten years of searching for the man behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks on our country, Navy SEALs killed bin Laden in a brave operation that took years to develop. In honor of our troops, we're sharing some patriotic foods. We're thankful to the brave men and women who serve our country, and we wish them a safe, speedy return home.

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Top 10 Memorial Day Grilling Recipes for a Kick Ass Cookout

Memorial Day is the the unofficial start of summer, so put your grilling game face on. This is your chance to show the world what a smart, clever grilling God/Goddess you are! This means no hot dogs or hamburgers! Here are my top ten recipes to grill for Memorial Day this year! You can mix your favorite proteins with grilled veggies/sides and dessert from the list below for the ultimate “meal on the grill”.

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Top 5 Patriotic Movies

While America does love its movies about sexy bank robbers knocking off banks and street-racers smashing up cop cars, there’s still always an audience for a good patriotic movie. Whether it’s about the US of A fighting the good fight with weapons and explosions, or just quietly demonstrating why we fight with our hearts on our sleeve for the US Constitution, these movies are some of the best examples of America being awesome on the silver screen.

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Top 10 Destinations to Commemorate Memorial Day

Memorial Day is considered by many to be the unofficial kick-off to summer as the weather is just right for a perfect 3-day weekend. However, the true meaning of the holiday is often lost in our eagerness to plan a getaway. The holiday was originally created after the Civil War to honor the fallen Union soldiers and over the last century, the meaning has evolved to commemorate all American soldiers who served our country. Here is a list, compiled by discount travel site Hotwire.com, of the top 10 destinations to honor our military heroes over Memorial Day weekend.

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Memorial Day: 5 Ways to Honor Fallen Troops

Today is Memorial Day, which originated as Decoration Day to honor Union soldiers who died in the Civil War. The designation was later expanded to include the troops who have died in all wars. There are lots of ways to honor them every year on the last day of May, publicly or in private. Here are five of them.

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5 Ridiculous/Offensive Memorial Day Commercials

Some businesses are jerks for pimping a junk heap on wheels on Memorial Day. Others are silly for trying to sell sexual innuendo-heavy mattresses ("firm," "spread out," "not squishy") on a day that's supposed to be all about giving it up to American servicemen and women. Then there are these super-jerk stinkbombs that a handful of companies have lobbed at the TV-viewing crowd on Memorial Day.

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Top 10 Memorial Day Getaways

Even though summer doesn't officially start until a month or so after the Memorial Day weekend, most of us treat this three-day holiday as if it does mark the onset of the season. Of course, it helps that it's often the first warm long weekend in months, which means barbecues in the back yard, alfresco concerts, picnics in the park, hitting the links - you name it, so long as it's outdoors! Our top 10 Memorial Day getaways won't require extensive travel - or, an extensive budget, for that matter - but will definitely help you have a most memorable weekend.

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Top 10 Memorial Day Songs

Memorial Day, first known as Decoration Day, originated in the North after the Civil War to commemorate fallen Union soldiers. By the twentieth century the holiday had been extended to honor all Americans who have died in all wars. I’ve always thought that the best way to honor the fallen is to make every effort to prevent needless deaths in the future.. That means avoiding unnecessary wars and engaging in combat only as a true last resort. In this vein, here are my Top Ten Memorial Day Songs. The list is highly debatable; songs about war and attendant suffering cut across all musical genres. Though I proudly claim some hippie roots I’ve omitted classics like “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?,“ “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Imagine” and “Give Peace A Chance.” I’ve also given short shrift to an important sub-genre of heavy metal antiwar anthems like Metallica’s 1989 classic, “One,” and ignored the rich history of punk rock odes to war.

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