Music, like stories, brings us together. Last month, May 29th, we celebrated Memorial Day, a federal holiday honoring those who died while serving our country in the armed forces.
On June 14th, Flag Day, we celebrated the adoption of the flag of our United States. And, in less than two weeks, we will celebrate
July 4th, the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.
We honor the men and women who served and are serving, as well as their families. Like a tapestry, our lives are intertwined with past and future generations. We celebrate our beloved country and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect it.
When I think back on my families’ special heroes and the many other heroes in our country, my mind turns to music from the era. I think first of Larry, then of my brother and of the other men and women who served during the Vietnam era. I also think of my dad’s generation – the so-called greatest generation – who fought and sacrificed in World War II.
Music brings us together
“The White Cliffs of Dover” was recorded in 1942, during WWII, by Vera Lynn, a British vocalist. Click here to listen.
Another version of the song was recorded by The Righteous Brothers in 1966 during the war in Vietnam. Listen here. This version was a favorite of Larry’s and mine during his pilot training at Reese Air Force Base in Lubbock, Texas.