We’re taking a slightly different tack here at FRIDAYNIGHTSALONE, this week – mainly because I have friends in town and didn’t have time to pick a song on Friday. (Plus, you know, this isn’t called FRIDAYNIGHTSWITHFRIENDS.)
Today, however, I do have some downtime because of the holiday. These days, Memorial Day tends to be associated with all deceased American veterans or sometimes even more broadly with all American veterans, living or dead.
While I have no gripe with these generalizations, I do think it’s worth noting from time to time that technically, Memorial Day is a time to honor those who died in uniform, giving what Lincoln famously referred to as “the last full measure of devotion” in the service of their country.
Vera Lynn recorded “(There’ll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover” in 1942, at a time when victory in Europe was far from assured and to predict that peace would reign “tomorrow, when the world is free” was largely an act of faith. It is not so hard to believe that many of those who sacrificed their lives on the fields of Gettysburg, Flanders and Normandy shared a similar vision.