Both Veteran's Day and Memorial Day lead to movie marathons on the pay channels revolving around the armed forces and war. Unlike Veteran's Day, Memorial Day always is part of a long weekend and the movie-thons tend to run three days.
Here's the problem. While Veteran's Day is to remember all veterans, Memorial Day is supposed to be about the fallen. Many of the movies that have been made and are being shown this weekend on AMC, TMC etc. do not reflect this sacrafice, rather they are either inaccurate, surreal (Apocalypse Now), comedies (!) or bio-pics about generals.
I've come up with a list of movies that I feel reflect the meaning of Memorial Day and demonstrate more accurately realities of war and sacrifice of those who fought:
We Were Soldiers
Tora, Tora, Tora
Saving Private Ryan
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
The Bridges at Toko-Ri
Flags of Our Fathers