Books / Commemoration / Reading / May 28, 2012

Memorial Day Reading List

It is a blessing to have been raised in a country with so much freedom, but freedom is not free. It is paid for and protected by our military. Today is a day to commemorate and express gratitude for members of the American military who have died in defense of our country. It’s a day to appreciate all veterans. While I do not think largely in terms of patriotism or nationalism, I am deeply thankful for our veterans, their sacrifices, and their service to this country.

There are certain books that have fed my appreciation and admiration for our veterans. It is in these books that I have seen glimpses of the sacrifices, perseverance, brotherhood, and bravery that so elevate our servicemen and servicewomen in my estimation. Some are Novels that depict reality well and others are reality that is more captivating than fiction.

If you haven’t read the following I encourage you strongly to do so. They are engaging, educational, powerful, and inspiring stories of American heroes.

by Laura Hillenbrand
by James Bradley & Ron Powers
by Doug Stanton
by Hugh Ambrose
by Karl Marlantes
by Jeff Shaara
If any of you have read books that have helped you to appreciate our military personnel in a particular way please leave those recommendations in the comments. I would love to find more.

Have a great Memorial Day!

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May 28, 2012

American Sniper

Under the Wire

The Forgotten 500


    May 28, 2012

    Great suggestions. I have a couple of those already on my “to-read” list” I’ll check these out.

May 28, 2012

Fearless by Eric Blehm.

May 28, 2012

Matterhorn is definitely an intense read. Good recommendations all around. Happy Memorial Day!

May 28, 2012

Thanks for sharing!
I started reading Unbroken last year and couldn’t put it down–great book!
To our young ones, we read the story of the poem “In Flanders Fields.”

May 28, 2012

Thanks for posting these. I’ve read Unbroken and Flags of My Fathers. I’ll take a look at the other ones.

May 28, 2012

Lone Survivor, written by the only surviving SEAL team member of Operation Redwing in Afghanistan, Marcus Luttrell. The first half of the book is a full recount of SEAL team training, the second half recounts the events that transpired in Afghanistan. It isn’t short on graphic language, but is an amazing account from the training of an elite soldier to the real world implications of that training.

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