Here in America, today is set aside to remember and honor those who gave their lives in the service of this country.
As far as I know, Memorial Day is supposed to be reserved for those who died while in the armed forces, but I like to think that it includes all those who were working to make our country a better place.
Yes, it’s a broad definition, but I like it. Mostly because it means that killing people isn’t the only definition of greatness.
While you dudes are out at the cookout, or enjoying the warmth of late spring/early summer or doing whatever it is you’re doing instead of being at work, do take a little time to remember those who went before.
Talk to your little dudes about why they’re out of school.
You might also want to consider how you can honor the lives that have gone toward making our country a better place to live. Carrying on that sort of work sounds like the best way to me.
Make our country a better place for all its citizens*. Restore its justification to act as a moral beacon to the world.
Today isn’t only about getting a day off work or a day out of school.
Remember. Act. Improve.
Footnotes & Errata
* You have no idea how tempted I was to insert a blatantly political paragraph/rant here. I think I might have given myself an aneurysm from stopping my fingers. Ow.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Warner Bros. Which means I’m getting a little bit of cash to tell you something I would have done anyway. Mostly I would have written about this to try and prod Zippy the College Boy Returned Home For Summer and Hyper Lad into getting this sort of thing for me as a Father’s Day present.
Remember when I talked about how I’d love some sort of bespoke, handmade present, something that showed the young dudes put a little thought and effort into getting the present? Yeah? Forget it.
And, if you’re smart, it’s what you’re going to want as well.
So here’s the skinny.
Walmart is offering you — yes, you — a chance to see the new Superman movie, Man of Steel, before it opens nationwide at what looks to be every theater in existence. Yeah, before that massive opening, you’re going to get a chance to get a head start, be treated like the star you are.
That’s the Thursday before Father’s day, and definitely the first showing of any kind anywhere in the United States. This is a big deal. It’s the first time this has ever been done, offering tickets to the general public so we can go see a movie before it opens.
Normally, this sort of thing only is offered to very select businesses. For instance, I once got tickets to see Spy Kids 3D early. I regretted going, mind, but I did get the tickets for free from Rebel Base, a premier comic book shop here in Charlotte, NC.
This time, though, it’s not a question of who you know, but of whether or not you can get someone to go to Walmart and pony up the ticket price. And that shouldn’t be too hard, especially considering you’re probably the one paying the little dudes whatever money they get as an allowance.
I’m telling you dudes, I couldn’t be more excited. Superman is one of those characters who, when done right, can raise goosebumps of awesome all over your arms. Sure he’s got all those powers, but I think his most important one is the ability to inspire us to greatness. We all want to be Superman, even the Iron Giant.
Despite my initial misgivings (I mean, it’s Zack Snyder directing so I figure fully a third of its length is going to be in slow motion), I’m really getting excited about this one. It looks like we’re finally going to get the Superman movie we’ve so desperately wanted for so long. It looks like Superman is actually going to punch someone. We’ve waited a long time for that one. And inspiration. Inspiration and punching. Combined.
Here. Check this out. It’s the trailer for the movie. If this doesn’t get you up off the couch, yelling in a little dude’s ear about getting you a ticket from the electronics department at Walmart, then, dude, you are dead.
Purchase tickets to the exclusive pre-screening of Man of Steel [PG-13], to be shown on June 13th, 2013 at 7 PM, by going to your local Walmart! Tickets can be purchased in the Electronics Department and include an exclusive digital comic book written by David S. Goyer, author of Man of Steel, as well as an exclusive opportunity to pre-order an HD digital download or Blu-Ray copy of the film.
Go to your local Walmart
Visit the electronics department
Purchase your EXCLUSIVE Man of Steel prescreening tickets (available in 2D or 3D)
Take your family to the theater location noted on your ticket and watch the EXCLUSIVE 7 p.m. premiere of Man of Steel on June 13th!