I begin with a musical tribute accompanying a brief address uploaded by the United States Air Force Band, "Goin' Home" by Antonín Dvorák arr. by Master Sgt. (ret.) Jari Villanueva.
Since its inception, the United States Air Force has championed the value of service before self, charging Airmen to place professional duty above personal desires. While adherence to this call is expected of Airmen every day, on Memorial Day we are given the opportunity to commemorate the loss of those who have embodied this core value by giving their lives for their country.The U.S. Army Field Band uploaded another address accompanied by music, Memorial Day 2021 | An Address from Major General Omar Jones.
"Each Memorial Day, we honor the sacrifices, courage, and valor of those service members who have given the last full measure of devotion in service to our great nation. On this most solemn of days, we turn our hearts to our fallen heroes and honor their bravery. As we march onward, with aspirations of greatness, let us never forget on whose shoulders we stand...These fallen patriots who have paid the ultimate sacrifice." - General Charles Q. Brown, Jr., Chief of Staff of the Air Force.
Every day, these men and women, true American patriots, continue to inspire future generations to raise their right hand and serve their country. Today, we honor these fallen warriors with the remembrance anthem, "Goin' Home". To those who have given the last full measure of devotion in service to their country, we thank you.
"This Memorial Day and every day-we remember." Major General Omar Jones, commanding general of the Military District of Washington, has a special message for Americans everywhere, honoring those who gave their last full measure of devotion to this great nation.That was a moving explanation of the duties of Major General Jones's command and especially of the ceremony for those missing in action.
I'll have more from the U.S. Army Field Band over the jump, along with musical tributes to our fallen veterans from the Marine and Navy bands.