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Remembering Fallen Soldiers with an Intentional Moment, Music and Lyrics

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The United States of America remembers fallen soldiers every year on Memorial Day which falls on the last Monday in the month of May. In 1971, Memorial Day was made an official federal holiday. Prior to 1971, the U.S. celebrated Decoration Day in honor of soldiers who died in the American Civil War, and in ongoing years all soldiers who died in the military were remembered as well. As time has progressed, meaning for this holiday has been lost.

The National WWII Veteran’s Museum reported that 80% of Americans do not know the meaning of Memorial Day. With this statistic, Congress was moved to action. In 2000, Congress mandated the National Moment of Remembrance. On Memorial Day, at 3 p.m. this is the time to stop for a minute and remember the lives that have been lost fighting for freedom. In this time of remembrance it is encouraged to listen to “Taps,” a bugle call originating from the mid-1800’s. There is debate as to who originally wrote the music and there are no set lyrics. Below are the most popular verses associated with the tune.

Taps

Day is done, gone the sun,
From the hills, from the lake,
From the sky.
All is well, safely rest,
God is nigh.

Go to sleep, peaceful sleep,
May the soldier or sailor,
God keep.
On the land or the deep,
Safe in sleep.

Love, good night, Must thou go,
When the day, And the night
Need thee so?
All is well. Speedeth all
To their rest.

Fades the light; And afar
Goeth day, And the stars
Shineth bright,
Fare thee well; Day has gone,
Night is on.

Thanks and praise, For our days,
‘Neath the sun, Neath the stars,
‘Neath the sky,
As we go, This we know,
God is nigh.

Some may find these lyrics familiar and others not at all. May they be a meaningful tool for remembrance as you celebrate this Memorial Day.

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References:

www.softschools.com

www.west-point.org

https://www.usba.com/RememberMemorialDay/

Photo Credit: Fallen Soldiers Memorial Run.

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June 23, 2012. U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Brett Miller, 116th Public Affairs Detachment