My Dad, Movies, and Memorial Day

Memorial Day is about honoring our fallen soldiers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. These soldiers committed their lives to protecting our country and I salute them.


My dad, Dale F. Brandt, served for 42 years in the United States Naval Reserves and retired as a Senior Chief. We were fortunate that he never had to serve in a war; however, I do remember the Wednesday night he was called to “Stand-by and be ready.”


We had just returned home from my marimba lesson at the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. He took the call and for the first time in my life I realized the significance of his military career. Prior to that, I just knew of the 1 weekend per month trip to Columbus, OH and the 2 weeks in Norfolk, VA.


This was different. This was the Persian Gulf War in 1991. This was real. For the next 24-48, our house was in a tizzy. Was he going? Was he not going?


The suitcase was packed. His uniforms were ready. His shoes were shined.


Another phone call came and he was informed he did not have to report. We were all relieved. Those 48 hours of waiting were impactful. I remember the pride I had for my dad because of his selflessness, his readiness, and his dedication. He would have laid down his life for this country because he knew protecting his country meant protecting his family.


Thank you to all the men and women who proudly serve in our armed forces to protect the country and the families in it. Thank you to all of their families who serve along beside them, too. Thank you to all who have died fighting for the red, white, and blue. We will never forget.


Perhaps you celebrate this weekend with a backyard barbecue or attend a local festival honoring veterans. Another option is to watch a military movie. Here is a Top 10 list of military movies that veterans have approved as the most realistic according to


  1. Restrepo documentary
  2. Generation Kill mini-series
  3. Band of Brothers mini-series
  4. Come and See
  5. Saving Private Ryan
  6. Stalingrad
  7. Full Metal Jacket
  8. Black Hawk Down
  9. Lone Survivor
  10. Jarhead


May God Bless,

Dr. Jeanette


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