A very happy Memorial Day to all of you. Today’s Song of the Day, to commemorate this day, is…
“Hymn to the Fallen,” performed here by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
This song, beautifully performed by the Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square, was composed by John Williams for the 1998 film “Saving Private Ryan.” It is, indeed, a stirring and poignant “hymn to the fallen, ” and to me it also expresses wonderfully the hope and resolve that we as Americans can have, as we move forward and remember the sacrifice of so many who have fought for our country. (This video also features very moving footage of veterans’ graves and of war memorials, including the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., with its 4,048 gold stars each commemorating 100 American lives lost in that conflict, which I had the privilege of visiting back in 2008.)
I am fortunate to have not lost a loved one to war, nor do I have any close relatives or family currently serving. However, I know those who have served, a few who do serve, and those who have loved ones who have served or are serving right now in the military. Today is an ideal opportunity to reflect on and honor the lives of those we have lost, and those who put their lives on the line every day to pay the price of freedom. I am grateful for each and every one of them, whether I know them or not, for their courage and dedication. God has granted us precious freedoms, and they are the ones who fight to protect them. I wholeheartedly salute them today, and hope that this won’t be the only day that I remember to do so. May God ever bless America, and may freedom continue to be preserved and upheld not only here in the United States, but across the world.