Monday, May 25, 2009

A Memorial Day Tribute to All of Our Fallen Heroes

Sailor and Girl at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Washington, D.C. - May - 1943

A salute to all the brave men and women in our military who fought and died in the service of our country.

May you all rest in peace. We will never forget the sacrifices you made for the rest of us. 

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal." - Anonymous

Here are two different videos where taps are played.  The first video is from an old movie From Here to Eternity. While this is a fictionalized account of what happened at Pearl Harbor during WWII I always thought this scene, where Montgomery Clift's character played taps, was one of the most beautiful renditions of Taps that I've ever heard. It's a very emotional scene and I actually tear up every time I watch it.

The second video is a current video that is more of a tribute to honor all of our fallen heroes rather than just an individual salute to a specific soldier that the first video represents. I think watching both of them gives one a better sense of the full range of emotions that are present on this day.


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

Go to sleep,
peaceful sleep,
May the soldier
or sailor,
God keep.
On the land
or the deep,
Safe in sleep.

Love, good night,
Must thou go,
When the day,
And the night
Need thee so?
All is well.
Speedeth all
To their rest.

Fades the light;
And afar
Goeth day,
And the stars
Shineth bright,
Fare thee well;
Day has gone,
Night is on.

Thanks and praise,
For our days,
'Neath the sun,
Neath the stars,
'Neath the sky,
As we go,
This we know,
God is nigh.

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