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Happy Memorial Day

I’m taking the day to honor our all soldiers on America’s Memorial Day. Without their sacrifice, where would we be?

I tried (again–like last year) to keep the videos to just a few but couldn’t figure out which to skip. I’ll leave that up to you!


Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the Man vs. Nature saga. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Against All Odds, Summer 2020.

51 thoughts on “Happy Memorial Day

  1. Hi Jacqui – that music always evokes memories … while Memorial Day is for us all – every soul that has sacrificed for us to be free. I hope you had some wonderful calls with your children … take care and you all stay safe – Hilary

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  2. I’m glad you didn’t skip any, Jacqui. These are all great. The only problem is that each one makes me cry. As my dad aged (he was a WWII vet – paratrooper, who never talked of his war experience) he really “got into” patriotic music. When I visited him, he’d play Stars and Stripes or some other album on his ole record player, and before too long, this unemotional man would be sobbing. Which of course made me cry. So now, any patriotic song that is stirring, causes me to “lose it.”

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    • That’s a good reason. So often, what drove these boys and gals to risk their lives was the flag, our country. And of course, the soldier who fought next to them. I guess that doesn’t go away even when you retire.

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  3. Even though I’m Canadian, I’ve always loved these American songs/hymns. Even as a child I loved singing along with them. I listened to the Battle Hymn of the Republic and felt the pride Americans must rightly feel. Maybe I’m a wuss, but these songs get me a bit teary and choked up. Thanks for sharing these inspirational, encouraging songs.

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    • Thanks, Anneli. They all get me going! I know each nation has their own but it’s funny how it’s as much about the history of the events as the words or music that resonate with us, make it so meaningful.

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  4. Dear Jacqui, I was just listening to the story of your national anthem. This is a winner!!!
    Brilliant! I now understand why you hold your hand on your heart while singing it.
    Very moving. Thank you for including this one, unmissable.

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    • A sad note indeed… Freedom is what our nation is all about and those deserved gave their all to preserve it. I can’t imagine where or how these students have been taught about American History. This is a day for us all to remember and remind others of the cost of that freedom.

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  5. I feel goosebumps when I hear the patriotic songs of our #blessed #free #country. Thank you Jacqui for your post. So grateful for our freedoms. God bless the men and women who fought to keep us free.

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  6. That is a beautiful version of Hallelujah. And I learnt of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” only a week or so ago (I knew the “Jumped from 40 thousand feet” version).

    No matter where in the world they are, all service men and women sacrifice a lot for their countries. Happy Memorial Day to those in US forces.

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