Bittersweet with admiration and regret we remember those lives that were offered to protect us and our country in the imperfect and barbarous practice of war. Whatever it is in humanity that reduces us to resolve conflict through war may it soon yield to more peaceful means.
Many servicemen and women have suffered on our account and the least we owe them is a few moments of contemplation of their great sacrifice.
Listen carefully to Samuel Barber's transcendent Adagio for Strings. Familiar yet never trite Barber's work perfectly captures deep sadness rising to a poignant cry of mourning, nobility and promise. For me it expresses the appreciation and grief Memorial Day represents.
The rendition below was played as a tribute to those who lost their lives in the attacks of 9.11.2001.