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: