Memorial Day often conjures up images of camping trips and barbecues, but it is important to remember why the last Monday in May is a holiday. Memorial Day became a federal holiday in 1971 and is designated to honor heroes who died while serving in one of the branches of the military.
It's a day to remember, reflect and offer thanks to those who served and made the greatest sacrifice. Here are the best movies and documentaries on military service to stream on Pure Flix:
Memorial Day Movies on Pure Flix
Unbroken: Path to Redemption
Beginning where the hit movie Unbroken concludes, the next chapter brings the rest of Louis Zamperini's inspirational true story to life.
Fresh out of the seminary and basic training, Army chaplain Darren Turner receives orders to deploy to Iraq, leaving his wife behind to care for their three young children. The harsh realities of war soon take their toll on Turner and his battalion, making it hard to stay connected to his beloved family. When Darren finally comes home, the Turners must decide if they're willing to face one more battle -- the fight to save their marriage.
Field of Lost Shoes
A group of teenage cadets sheltered from war at the Virginia Military Institute must confront the horrors of an adult world when they are called upon to defend the Shenandoah Valley.
My Brother's Keeper
Travis Fox is returning veteran struggling with PTSD and his faith in God.
In a short Christmas truce during the Battle of the Bulge, a US soldier and a Belgian civilian fall in love. When fighting resumes, will the pair be able to honour their promise to find each other on the first Christmas after the war?
The Healing Garden
A former military chaplain and a girl from a broken homework together to plant a garden that's been touched by God.
Twelve-year-old Trey Caldwell is shattered when his father is killed in Afghanistan, leaving a hole in the boy’s life, and an unfinished soapbox car in the garage. *Parental Warning: Language*
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Reboot Combat Recovery
At REBOOT locations across the country, combat veterans are healing, divorce rates are dropping, medication abuse is decreasing and suicide numbers are being reduced.
Bonus: More Memorial Day Movies on Pure Flix
When We Last Spoke
In 1967, two sisters are abandoned and raised by grandparents in the town of Fireside. Humor, heartbreak, and triumph are served with whipped cream and lots of local nuts in this heartwarming tale of family, friendship and forgiveness.
Faith of Our Fathers
With the Vietnam War raging in 1969, two young fathers report for duty: a man of great faith, and a doubtful cynic. A quarter-century later, their sons, Wayne and John Paul, meet as strangers. Guided by handwritten letters from their fathers from the battlefield, they embark on an unforgettable journey to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Along the way, they discover the devastation of war cannot break the love of a father for his son.
We Are Stronger
"We Are Stronger" is a faith-based movie exploring a veteran's battle with PTSD. As he struggles to recover from his injuries, reclaim his marriage, and fit back into the civilian world, he discovers he can't do it alone. *Parental Warning: Mature Subjects*
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That ends our list of the best movies to remember the meaning of Memorial Day. Don't miss out on your free trial to Pure Flix where you'll find these movies and thousands of other faith and family-friendly options to help strengthen your faith and deepen your knowledge.
Sarah Hartland knew she wanted to be a writer from the time she wrote her first short story in the fourth grade. By the time she was in high school, she had written two novellas and countless short stories. It was her love of storytelling that led her into marketing and media.
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