Welcome back! We may have taken Monday off for the holiday, but we’d still like to start this official work week off on a Memorial Day theme. We have an extra copy of Clint Eastwood’s ‘American Sniper‘ to give away to one of our readers. Enter for your chance to win.
Normally, we use our contests as an excuse to crack jokes and make fun of the movies we’re giving away. This time, in the spirit of what the Memorial Day holiday is supposed to be about, we’d like to try something a little different and hopefully a little more respectful.
Please tell us about someone in your life who is an armed forces veteran and what that person has meant to you. It can be a family member, a friend, someone you’ve worked with, or someone you happen to know for other reasons. If you are (or have been) a member of the armed services yourself, you can’t write about yourself (have a little bit of humility!), but you can write about someone you’ve served with. This should go without saying, but true stories about real people only, please.
During World War II, my grandfather joined the U.S. Army and served in the North African campaign. He was a powerful influence on my life growing up, but he didn’t like to talk about his wartime experiences. In fact, all through my childhood, I can’t recall him ever telling a war story, not even when he and his veteran friends would sit around the campfire. When I was very young, I was too oblivious to think of asking him about the war. As I got a little older, I just assumed that he must have seen things he didn’t want to relive, so I didn’t bring it up. Unfortunately, he passed away about 15 years ago and I never got a chance to have a good talk with him about the subject. That’s something I very much regret.
We have one copy of the Blu-ray to give away. The winner will be chosen at our own subjective discretion based on whichever responses we like the most. One entry per person this time, so make it a good one. All entries must be submitted in the Comments section of this blog post. Please do not attempt to email them to me.
This contest is only open to entrants from the domestic United States. We will not ship internationally (whether you’re a U.S. citizen or not). Employees of High-Def Digest or Internet Brands and their families are not eligible. Standard contest rules and conditions apply. People who have won any of our previous contests within the past one year are also not eligible to win, but may get Honorable Mentions.
The deadline for entry is Thursday, May 28th. The winners will be announced the following week. Good luck!