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Today is Veterans Day and all of our libraries are closed. But we invite you to watch some of the top-rated military-themed movies and documentaries on our streaming service Kanopy for free with your library card.

If you haven’t set up your Kanopy account yet, no problem! It’s easy and quick. Just click here (make sure you have your library card handy) and you can set up your new account in just a few minutes.

Here are a few recommendations for Veterans Day:

Eye in the Sky

A UK-based military officer in command of a top secret drone operation in Kenya discovers that its targets are planning a suicide bombing mission. Starring Helen Mirren and Alan Rickman. Rated R for language. Watch HERE.

Megan Leavey

The true story of Marine Corporal Megan Leavey, who forms a powerful bond with an aggressive combat dog, Rex. While deployed in Iraq, the two complete more than 100 missions and save countless lives until an IED explosion puts their faithfulness to the test. Watch HERE.

The Messenger

Will Montgomery, a U.S. Army Staff Sergeant who has returned home from Iraq, is assigned to the Army’s Casualty Notification service, giving notice to families of fallen soldiers. He is drawn to Olivia Pitterson, to whom he has delivers news of her husband’s death. Woody Harrelson was nominated for a Golden Globe and Oscar for Best Supporting Oscar for his role as Montgomery’s partner. Rated R for language and sexual content. Watch HERE.

No End In Sight: Iraq’s Descent Into Chaos

A candid retelling of the events following the fall of Baghdad in 2003, examining how errors in U.S. policy largely created the insurgency and chaos that engulfed Iraq. Watch HERE.


A fictionalized montage of stories about U.S. soldiers fighting in the Iraq conflict, focusing on the modern forms of media covering the war. Watch HERE.

Breaker Morant

During the Boer War, three Australian lieutenants are court-martialed for executing prisoners as a way of deflecting attention from war crimes committed by their superior officers. As a result of this landmark trial, the Australian Army stopped allowing its troops to be tried by British court-martial. The film won 10 Australian Film Institute awards including Best Film, Director, Leading Actor, and Cinematography. Watch HERE.

Veterans Memorials on the Mall

Presented by the Smithsonian, learn the stories behind the three veterans memorials on the Mall in Washington D.C. — the once controversial Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, the artistic Korean War Veterans Memorial, and the World War II Memorial and its moving tribute to the Greatest Generation. Watch HERE.

Browse all military-themed movies and documentaries on Kanopy HERE.

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