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Across the land, citizens bow their heads to thank those who put their lives on the line, and shed tears of pride and pain for those who paid the ultimate price.
This weekend of celebration will be filled with food, family gatherings, reflection and without a doubt, music.
If your gathering needs just the right song, with just the right words, you'll want to add these message driven country songs to your playlist.
Country Songs for Your Memorial Day Weekend and Beyond
These Song Choices Speak to Duty, Grace, Thanks and ultimately the Soul's Peace; Faith
American Soldier by Toby Keith
Those who serve do so with a sense of duty to family, to country, to a better world. They don't do it for the glory, they don't do it for the money, they just do it, and although they give a piece of their soul, they don't want to die, but if that happens, they do it for us. That's what a sense of duty is.
They are out there, on the front lines, seeing, feeling, living things we'll never fully understand ... things they never want their kids to have to live through. Their sense of duty goes beyond one lifetime. That's what this first song is about.
Listen to this song, and you'll feel the heartbeat of an American Soldier:
The Angels Came Down by Kevin Costner & Modern West
(Yes that Kevin Costner): Modern West performed this song in April 2014 at a ceremony where a memorial was dedicated to five men who died in Afghanistan.
The song was written with the Civil War in mind. The lyrics provide grace through the visual of angels coming to rescue souls from blood stained battlefields.
The haunting lyrics paint a picture of the ultimate sacrifice and in the end ultimate love. They experience the grace of angels carrying their souls to a place of peace ... the best lyric "they left no one and they placed no blame" - what this world has the potential to be, no blame.
(Lyrics) And the Angels came down to the fallen men
and they held their hands as they prayed for them
they carried their souls beyond the moon and the sun
they prayed for them one by one
The Angels worked so hard for so many years
to heaven and back again, they shed so many tears
they left no one and they placed no blame
walking all alone in the southern rain
THANKS & COMMON PURPOSE
I Want You to Live, by George Canyon
As a Canadian writing this article, I want to extend my thank you to all who have served and continue to serve on both sides of our border. No matter our individual political leanings, it's safe to say we all share a few things in common: The lands of the free, and prayers that our men and women return home to us safe, alive.
Our tears are your tears, your tears are our tears. We're neighbours sharing the longest free border in the world. To those of you who have lost someone, no matter which side of the border you live on, know that I include you in my prayers, and thank you with every breath we and our children take. We know the gift of our loved-ones smiling faces come courtesy of many before us who paid for that freedom with their life. It will never be forgotten.
This song by Canadian Country Artist George Canyon says it well; 'I Want You to Live'
(Lyrics) "Takes all of her strength to go through his things, it feels like she's holding him again, the letters he wrote, the books that he read, and some of the shirts still have his scent"...
While we all pray for peace, we thank all who have served and who continue to serve ... making the ultimate contribution toward mankind achieving that goal; the perfect union.
Believe by Brooks & Dunn
I'll end this selection of songs for Memorial Day, with this message of faith delivered in lyrics that the tell the story of a little boy and his close friend 'Old Man Wrigley'.
Old Man Wrigley, who served in the Navy, became a positive influence in this young boy's life. This little boy, now a young man away at school, receives a call from his mom to let him know that Old Man Wrigley died. The news hits him hard.
The passing of his old friend causes this young man to reflect on this sweet old man who taught him more about Purpose than he had yet imagined in the springtime of his life.
(Lyrics) I can't quote the bookThese words by Brooks & Dunn sprinkle light on the pain of loss. Your loved ones, my loved ones are still with us. When that salty water leaks out of your eyes, there's a hand you can't see wiping away that tear. I believe.
The chapter or the verse
You can't tell me it all ends ... In a slow ride in a hearse
You know I'm more and more convinced
The longer that I live
Yeah, this can't be
No, this can't be
No, this can't be all there is
Hold on to love, you'll take it with you.
With Love, Always, Barbara
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