Editor's note: Military Times will spotlight a group of GI Film Festival selections regularly in the run-up to the festival. 

The Category: Remembrance

The Films: "Charlie & Sam," "Ghostly Assemblage," "The Liberation of Kuwait" and "The 30th of May."

The Breakdown: As the GI Film Festival closes on the day before Memorial Day, four films will pay different types of tributes to service members that span multiple conflicts, multiple regions and multiple types of service. From aging World War II battle buddies to regional heroes to young cadets who would never see combat, all are remembered in their own ways.

  • "Charlie & Sam" travels with a World War II naval aviator well into his 90s as he reunites with a fellow veteran for the first time since their days in uniform.
  • "Ghostly Assemblage" offers a window into the mourning process, and the unity, of cadets at the U.S. Military Academy. The film is senior West Point cadet Austin Lachance's second of the festival, alongside "Child's Play."
  • "The Liberation of Kuwait" revisits the decisive, U.S.-led response to Saddam Hussein's invasion of his neighbor in 1990.
  • "The 30th of May" follows Mississippi and Louisiana residents as they participate in a little-known memorial ceremony passed down through the generations since the Civil War.

The Trailers (where available):

Charlie & Sam Trailer

In 2016, fewer than 5% of American WWII veterans remain alive. Follow 97 year old WWII Naval Aviator Charlie Edwards as he travels to meet his old squadronmate Sam Takis for a final farewell — the first time they’ll have seen each other since the end of the war.

The Liberation of Kuwait Trailer

Any Kuwaiti citizen old enough to remember can tell you precisely where he or she was on August 2, 1990, when the tanks of Saddam Hussein’s vaunted Republican Guard rolled in from the north, invading the small nation and plunging it into the depths of darkness and fear.

The 30th of May Trailer

For as long as anyone can remember the citizens Vidalia, Louisiana and Natchez, Mississippi have come together over the Memorial Day weekend to honor black military service to the country. They pray, they march, they celebrate and they remember. Virtually unknown outside the region, this annual patriotic event is passed down from generation and dates back to the end the Civil War.

The Screenings: The four films will screen at the Navy Memorial Theater on Sunday, May 28, starting at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are available here; passes to the entire festival  also are available.

The Rundown: For more on these films and others, visit the GI Film Festival's  official site.