This gets me every time: a pivotal scene from “Saving Private Ryan.”

Spielberg at his best. He has often said his favorite artist is Norman Rockwell. Here, we see that influence, and it’s stunning.

This haunting moment, I think, captures the raw emotion and meaning of Memorial Day. Remember this day those we have lost, who gave everything for what we have. How easily we take it for granted.

This day, don’t.

God of power and mercy,
you destroy war and put down earthly pride.
Banish violence from our midst and wipe away our tears,
that we may all deserve to be called your sons
and daughters.
Keep in your mercy those men and women
who have died in the cause of freedom
and bring them safely
into your kingdom of justice and peace.
We ask this though Jesus Christ our Lord.
R/. Amen