Movies and More to Celebrate Memorial Day

On Memorial Day, the United States honors the men and women who have died while serving in the armed forces. These movies, TV shows, games, and books illustrate the courage and patriotism of those fallen soldiers. Whether you're looking for a way to honor a loved one lost to military service or simply want to learn more about American history, these picks offer exciting, educational, and moving depictions of those who have served in the United States military. Given the heavy subject matter, some of these picks can be intense, so make sure you know how much violence and sad stuff your kid can handle. But with so many books, movies, and more to choose from, there's sure to be an age-appropriate pick for your family to remember and honor the sacrifices made by these servicemen and servicewomen.

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Year of the Jungle Book Poster Image
Moving yet upbeat story of girl with dad away at war.
By Suzanne Collins
(2013)
(2013)
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Dear America TV Poster Image
Books-inspired series brings history to life for kids.
Network: HBO
(2013)
(1999)
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Molly: An American Girl on the Home Front Movie Poster Image
American Girl learns about sacrifice during WWII.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2006)
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On the Wings of Heroes Book Poster Image
Funny, poignant life on home front during WWII.
By Richard Peck
(2008)
(2007)
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Sophia's War: A Tale of the Revolution Book Poster Image
Girl becomes spy in absorbing American Revolution tale.
By Avi
(2012)
(2012)
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The Saturday Boy Book Poster Image
Tough but warmhearted story of boy who misses dad at war.
By David Fleming
(2013)
(2013)
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Max Movie Poster Image
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Brave military dog saves the day in intense adventure.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2015)
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My Brother Sam Is Dead Book Poster Image
Great novel about the American Revolution for older kids.
By James Lincoln Collier
(2004)
(1974)
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America: The Story of Us TV Poster Image
U.S. history gets dramatic in worthy educational series.
Network: History
(2010)
(2010)
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American Ace Book Poster Image
Moving, fast-paced novel-in-verse; great for teen boys.
By Marilyn Nelson
(2016)
(2015)
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Honor Flight Movie Poster Image
Moving docu about WWII veterans is emotionally intense.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2014)
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Mare's War Book Poster Image
Unique African-American woman's WWII experience.
By Tanita Davis
(2009)
(2009)
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Unbroken (The Young Adult Adaptation): An Olympian's Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive Book Poster Image
YA version of POW bio is a poignant tale of perseverance.
By Laura Hillenbrand
(2015)
(2014)
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American Grit TV Poster Image
Extreme militaristic competition with patriotic themes.
Network: Fox
(2016)
(2016)
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Battlestations: Midway Game Poster Image
Fun WWII action game with many missions, modes.
Platforms: Xbox 360, Windows
(2007)
(2007)
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History: Legends of War: Patton Game Poster Image
World War II simulation focuses on history, strategy.
Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Windows, Xbox 360
(2012)
(2012)
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Invasion Book Poster Image
Searing account of teen D-Day soldier is powerful, gory.
By Walter Dean Myers
(2013)
(2013)
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Medal of Honor: Airborne Game Poster Image
Next campaign in WWII 1st-person shooter series.
Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows
(2007)
(2007)
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Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am Book Poster Image
Intimate, intense tale of soldier healing from brain injury.
By Harry Mazer, Peter Lerangis
(2012)
(2012)
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StoryCorps App Poster Image
Capturing and sharing family stories couldn't be easier.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2016)
(2016)
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Sunrise Over Fallujah Book Poster Image
Realistic, nonpolitical view of the war in Iraq.
By Walter Dean Myers
(2009)
(2008)
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Valiant Hearts: The Great War Game Poster Image
An educational, emotional exploration of World War I.
Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
(2014)
(2014)
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Battlefield 2 Game Poster Image
Online play promotes this game to 4-star general.
Platforms: Windows
(2005)
(2005)
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The Impossible Knife of Memory Book Poster Image
Stunning story about girl living with wounded vet father.
By Laurie Halse Anderson
(2013)
(2014)
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Patton Movie Poster Image
Oscar-winning biographical war epic is complex, violent.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1970)
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Saints and Soldiers Movie Poster Image
Thoughtful, engaging World War II movie has battle violence.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2005)
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One Man Army TV Poster Image
Vets and ex-cops show off military skills for cash prizes.
Network: Discovery Channel
(2011)
(2011)
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The Things They Carried Book Poster Image
Vet's stunning, devastating Vietnam War stories; a classic.
By Tim O'Brien
(2016)
(1990)
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Band of Brothers Movie Poster Image
Equal parts heroism and horror in WWII miniseries.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2002)
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Flags of Our Fathers Movie Poster Image
Harrowing World War II drama isn't for kids.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2006)
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Glory Movie Poster Image
Excellent Civil War movie has graphic violence, profanity.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1989)
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The Hornet's Nest Movie Poster Image
Powerful war documentary concentrates on emotion.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2014)
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The Patriot Movie Poster Image
Rousing Revolutionary War tale has graphic battle scenes.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2000)
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Saving Private Ryan Movie Poster Image
Bloody, tragic war epic doesn't hold back.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1998)
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Valkyrie Movie Poster Image
Tense, violent WWII thriller offers lots to talk about.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2008)
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American Sniper Movie Poster Image
Powerful, personal, violent story of war and its aftermath.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2014)
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Black Hawk Down Movie Poster Image
Excellent but very violent depiction of a risky rescue.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2002)
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Born on the Fourth of July Movie Poster Image
Unflinching, violent story of Vietnam vet turned activist.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1989)
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Home of the Brave Movie Poster Image
Iraq war vets cope with big issues; not for kids.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2007)
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Platoon Movie Poster Image
Top war movie is intensely violent, full of strong language.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1986)
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Zero Dark Thirty Movie Poster Image
Intelligent, uncompromising drama is violent and complex.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2012)
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