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Memorial Day is much more than the unofficial start of the summer season or a day devoted to buying discounted TVs at the big-box stores. It’s a day of remembrance, of honoring those brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. I tend to think of the soldiers who stormed the beaches at Normandy, myself.

I also think of all those men and women, including my father, who served in direct-combat support in any war; and those who find themselves in war zones as contractors. My dad spent time during the Korean War as the former; and spent time during the Vietnam War as the latter while employed by RCA. (He helped set up and maintain a communications system.)

This next video features photos he took while in Korea set to Rumer’s version of “Remember (Christmas)” (taken from a radio broadcast); the two that follow it are from Super 8 footage he shot while in ‘Nam and are set to Nanci Griffith’s “Traveling Through This Part of You” (written for her ex-husband Eric Taylor, who served in Vietnam) and Natalie Duncan’s rendition of the Stones’ “Gimme Shelter.”

And here are a few songs about the cost of freedom:

 

A Memorial Day Top 5

Posted: May 25, 2015 in Memorial Day, Top 5
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1) Crosby, Stills & Nash – “Daylight Again.”

2)  Neil Young – “Flags of Freedom.”

3) Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band – “Last to Die.”

4) Dixie Chicks – “Travelin’ Soldier.”

5) Nanci Griffith – “Travelin’ Through This Part of You.”