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Nostalgia Aside: Band of Brothers

As an American and son of a veteran, it is always important to me to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. One way to do so is to watch the gritty, dramatic, and realistic HBO show Band of Brothers.
This show premiered in 2001 and portrays the actions taken by the real life Easy Company of the US Army 101st Airborne division during World War II in the European theater. The main characters of the show are portrayals of real men of the 101st that served including Major Richard Winters, Captain Lewis Nixon, Staff Sergeant Darrel ‘Shifty’ Powers, and Tech Sergeant Donald Malarkey just to name a few of the men in this show.
What separates this show from any other war documentary or movie is seen at the beginning of every one of the ten episodes with interviews of the actual men that served. This gives an emotional insight to how they made it through not only the fighting, but also the harsh conditions of being in war.
The episodes chronicle the men of Easy Company as they go through basic training to when they jumped into Normandy, France on D-Day, and then move to fighting in Holland, the Battle of the Bulge, finally reaching Germany and the end of the war. Each episode is basically a roller coaster ride, not because of ground breaking action, but more on emotions. The characters are portrayed in such a fantastic way that you feel like you know all of them on a very personal level, but when something happens to one of them or one is killed, you do feel sad and angry at the same time.
The sets, costumes, equipment, aircraft, tanks and locations are all pretty accurate with the exception of a few nitpicky times where someone may have a wrong knife for example. However, overall the atmosphere is very much there and does make it believable that this show does take place in 1940s Europe.
While it is not a 100% accurate representation of the historical acts of Easy Company during World War II, but it still does a really good job of representing the men of the 101st Airborne.
It is important to continue to tell the stories of men like Major Richard Winters before it’s too late because these men will not be with us much longer. Major Winters passed away in 2011 in Pennsylvania and it is only a matter of time before the rest of who served World War II will be gone.
Even though Veteran’s Day has passed, do not let the men and women that keep us safe be forgotten.

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