I borrowed this from my Memorial Day post of 2010. What the heck--it was a good idea then, and it's just as good in 2015:
I think we should take a few minutes today to honor our brave service
men and women who throughout the years have died defending our freedoms.
What awesome sacrifice! While we're at it we should also appreciate the
millions more who fought for us but were lucky enough not to
die. Mike found this video of the United States Army Field Band and
Soldiers' Chorus performing their famous "Armed Forces Salute" at the
Rehoboth Beach Bandstand several years ago. In it they play and sing the
official songs of each service branch: "Anchors Aweigh" for the Navy,
"Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder" for the Air Force, "The Marines'
Hymn" for the Marine Corps, "Semper Paratus" for the Coast Guard, and
"The Army Goes Rolling Along" for the Army. During each song, audience
members with a personal connection to that branch stand up and receive a
salute from the band's commander. It's a pretty moving piece. I hope
you enjoy it and that it brings to mind loved ones of yours who have
served in the United States armed forces--and especially those who laid
down their lives. (For the full-format version at YouTube, go here.)
PS - Mike says that video has special significance for him because he
grew up being a "Field Band groupie," attending many of their concerts
over the years. M's dad--my Grandpa George--fought in World War II with
the 3rd Infantry Division and in the late 1940s was a member of the Army
Field Band (then known as the Army Ground Forces Band) at Ft. Meade,
MD. He played clarinet and was also the band's first drum major. Here is
a poster advertising one of the band's 1947 concerts. The picture in it
was made from a photograph of Grandpa George.
Makes a pup proud!
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