Happy Memorial Day: 10 Songs To Honor Our Veterans
Memorial Day, the last Monday of May is a federal holiday originated to commemorate our country's fallen soldiers. Yes, some view it as a work holiday and a good time to barbecue, but our veterans would have to disagree.
To honor our vets, we put together a playlist this day in remembrance of those Americans who have fallen and to those who have risked their lives -- and continue to do so -- for our freedom
Here are 10 songs just for y'all:
10. Jefferson Airplane, "Volunteers": This song appears on the well-known Forrest Gump soundtrack. The songs purpose was to take a stand against the government as well as the war in Vietnam. However, people tend to put their own meaning into the song. Here's to the men and women who volunteer for our country.
9. Jimmie Osborne, "God Please Protect America": The lyrics state it clearly: "They're fighting in Korea, the boys are called to go/ To meet the enemy as he comes across the line/ God please protect America in this troubled time." The song was recorded in 1950 to see our troops through.
8. Jimi Hendrix, "All Along the Watchtower: I asked my grandpa which song most stuck to him during war. His answer was straightforward: Jimi Hendrix's version of Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower." I wouldn't argue with that since the movie character, Forrest Gump, is fighting in Vietnam as this song plays on the soundtrack.
7. Boston, "The Star-Spangled Banner": Yeah, it's Boston. Lead guitarist Tom Scholz shreds away to our national anthem. In honor of classic rock and our classic heroes; here you go.
6. Fleetwood Mac, "Go Your Own Way": The song was a huge success during the late 1970s. Although it describes a break-up between Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, on another level it applies very well to soldiers returning from Vietnam.
5. The Mamas and The Papas, "California Dreaming": Granted, the song may not have much to do about war, directly, but The Mamas and The Papas seduced the ears of many people during the '60s. This song hit No. 4 on the U.S. singles chart in 1966.
4. Lynyrd Skynyrd, "The Last Rebel": Lynyrd Skynyrd brought Southern rock to a new level during the '70s. This song, the title track to the band's 1993 album, is about a patriotic soldier climbing onto his horse for one last ride. If you can't get more American than that, any other well-known Skynyrd song would almost assuredly be a hit among vets: "Free Bird," "Simple Man," "That Smell"... the list could go on.
3. Elvis Presley, "If I Can Dream": The King may still be rock and roll's most famous veteran. Besides shaking his hips onstage and putting out movies (which always happened to be named after a song of his) left and right during the Vietnam years, he was drafted into the army himself in 1958.
2. Creedence Clearwater Revival, Have You Ever Seen The Rain?: This was a hit during the Vietnam war era, and used in both the TV show Tour of Duty and of course the movie Forrest Gump. The song is so simple, yet touching to us all.
1. Lee Greenwood, "God Bless The USA": Well, this is straight to the point. Greenwood is usually seen in his trademark stars and stripes jacket. Alongside our national anthem, this song is sung at pretty much any large event today .
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