As a kid growing up in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, the old timers called it Decoration Day and seemed like they “decorated” the graves of all of their family and close friends that had gone on with flowers.
It was probably about the sixth grade when my favorite teacher, Mrs. Lafferty informed our class and me that it was Memorial Day and it was to honor men and women who died while serving their country.
I guess folks just like calling it Decoration Day, what it was called after the Civil War when those from both Union and Confederate soldiers decorated their graves. It still blows me away to think that 600,000 died in that war. Later on, in 1966, President Johnson named it Memorial Day. Still my earliest memories of the Memorial Day were putting flowers on the graves of family and friends. Even though Memorial Day is to commemorate those who made the greatest sacrifice, many people use it to remember loved ones that have past and I think that’s OK. Never forget and always remember the good things about those that have gone on.
While we remember our family and friends it is extremely important that we take a few minutes to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice protecting our freedom.
So to honor those I’ve added a quote to go along with this week’s playlist.
“Posterity -- you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you make good use of it.”
John Quincy Adams
The spirit of this quote is captured in our patriotic t shirts George Washington’s Sword. We also give 11% of the sale of all of our patriotic apparel goes to Homes For Our Troops, an organization committed to building specially adapted homes for service members who have been severely injured in combat.
Without further ado, this week’s playlist for our fallen patriots.
- God Bless America -- Erving Berlin
- Star Spangled Banner -- Jimi Hendrix
- American Soldier -- Toby Keith
- Warrior -- Kid Rock
- Born In The USA -- Bruce Springsteen
- The Stars and Stripes Forever -- John Philip Sousa's
- America the Beautiful -- Katharine Lee Bates
- Remember the Heroes -- Sammy Hagar
- America -- Neil Diamond
- 10. Born Free -- Kid Rock
Have a great weekend, Mike