Today, I offer due honor to all who have given their lives to support the preservation or enhancement of liberty for themselves and others. For them, championing freedom was worth the loss of their own precious existence—a profound gift that is indeed worthy of utmost respect. As a grateful beneficiary of their courage, I salute them.
I know that many who value their privilege of self-determination join me on this solemn occasion of remembrance. Such brave deeds should never be forgotten—they must live on in the memories of all who may now, and as we move forward in time, confidently exercise their personal sovereignty.
Bernard Herrmann, noted as one of the greatest composers of music for film, wrote a number of excellent concert works, including an opera, WUTHERING HEIGHTS, and a fine Symphony. His work, For the Fallen—”a Berceuse for those who lie asleep on the many foreign battlefields of the world,” was premiered in 1943 and was a tribute to those who gave their lives in times of war. Below is a performance conducted by Herrmann’s friend Leopold Stokowski.
I encourage you to take some time to listen—this piece is just under 8 minutes in duration—and reflect upon those who paid the ultimate price in defense of your liberties.
—Magus Peter H. Gilmore