Our nation's capital is blessed with an abundance of splendid parks, statuary, monuments and memorials. But what was lacking in Washington, D.C. was the concept of "national" war memorials, i.e. memorials "commonly accepted as the nation's memorial for all its citizens who died in a particular war."
Kerr focuses on Unity, a small Saskatchewan town, during the unhappy year when the world-wide-epidemic threatened at the same time as World War I soldiers damaged by mustard gas began to return. The playwright doesn't see much sunny in what is ultimately a paean to the country's resilient national spirit.
The Tennesseans: A Volunteer Legacy will premiere July 4 and 5 on the state's public television stations. The hour-long film is the first to highlight the events, men and women that earned the state its nickname from the Revolutionary War Battle of Kings Mountain to the modern battlefields of today.
As the world marks the centenary of the First World War, the new film Testament of Youth, directed by James Kent and starring Game of Thrones hero Kit Harrington and Swedish actress Alicia Vikander, revisits the landscape of the England that inspired Vera Brittain's seminal memoir upon which the film is based.
Sgt. Henry Johnson and Sgt. William Shemin are being awarded the Medal of Honor by President Obama at a White House ceremony for their heroics in World War I. Not surprisingly, a fair bit of information about both soldiers can be found online, and while personal details about Sgt. Shemin are mostly accurate, Sgt. Johnson's are frequently distorted.