Today I have a very special K-Chuck Radio, seeing as it’s Memorial Day and all. The songs in today’s blog-cast were inspired by those who have served in conflicts foreign and domestic. So as we remember those who served, and those who gave, let’s also remember them in song and in melody. Including…
THE MILLS BROTHERS
One of the Mills Brothers’ greatest hits, and it became a romantic anthem to those soldiers and sailors – and their loved ones back home – to hold onto that romance until they are reunited once more.
SSGT BARRY SADLER
The Ballad of the Green Berets
As much as this song has turned into a parody over the years, it was a major rallying anthem of pride for the U.S. Special Forces. And it is still remembered with reverence.
Riding With Private Malone
I cannot listen to this song without getting shivers down my back. It’s that emotional. And it’s that poignant.
Show Me The Way
This song wasn’t originally designed as a patriotic anthem, but some enterprising disc jockeys grafted some speeches and commands into the music – the song had just been released at the beginning of Operation Desert Shield / Desert Storm, and the song itself took on a deeper meaning.
The Star Spangled Banner
For everybody who thinks they can go to a microphone at a baseball stadium and just attempt to belt out this anthem, it’s time for Whitney Houston to offer a “master class” in how to do it correctly and reverently. Pay attention. Take notes.
I Was Only 19 (A Walk in the Light Green)
The view of the Vietnam War from the Australian point of view. Dark green on their maps meant lots of cover and very little embedded mines. Unfortunately, the “light green” meant exposed areas and lots of mines.
THE DIXIE CHICKS
Just listen and try to avoid that lump that’s growing in your throat.
If I Die Before You Wake
Another song that shows support for those who travel overseas to protect our freedoms that we enjoy here.
And with that in mind, today let this be a moment to remember not just the ones who served our country, but also those who served domestically. The firefighters who ran into burning buildings without hesitation. The policemen who ignore the fact that every call could be their last. The clergy who will do whatever it takes to save a soul. The doctor who will do whatever it takes to save a life. The mother, the daughter, the father, the son, the brother, the sister, the neighbor, the other neighbor…
In other words, take a second today and remember those who have passed. That’s why it’s called “Memorial Day.” To remember all who served – not just their country, but also those who served to make the human race truly a better place.