Thursday, May 26, 2016

Patriots (part 1) - Taps

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As Memorial Day approaches, I started another thread honoring all patriots that sacrificed, home and abroad, to keep us safe. It's a debt none of us can repay.

Words often fail to capture the depth of gratitude for those who have given their all. But John Wayne telling the story behind Taps from the American Civil War followed by Amazing Grace come close, as seen in the clip below:

Though there are no "official" words to Taps, here is a popular one:

Day is done,
gone the sun,
From the hills,
from the lake,
From the skies.
All is well,
safely rest,
God is nigh. 

God bless all our patriots, who have given us a great country and the freedoms we enjoy, this Memorial Day!


Similar posts in the series:

America's Story (part 8) - Memorial Day, Gettysburg, and Amos Humiston (2012)

America's Story (part 13) - The Enola Gay (2013)

Pray4America (part 14) - We are Americans  (2014)

Nostalgia (part 5) - Big Band and World War II  (2015)

Music (part 4) - Armed Forces Medley (2016)


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Monday, May 16, 2016

Music (part 4) - Armed Forces Medley

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President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a day to honor our military heroes. So the first Armed Forces Day was celebrated on May 20, 1950.  Since then, this day is set as the third Saturday in May. [reference: Armed Forces Day 2016]

For 2016, Armed Forces Day comes on May 21st.  And below is a musical medley honoring all branches of the US military.

Many thanks for all those who put themselves in harms way to keep us safe, home and abroad. And music often amplifies the tribute to their sacrifices that words fall short to express.


Previous posts in the series:

Music (part 2) - All You Need is Love (2016) 

Music (part 3) - Passover (2016)