Over my last few years on the air approaching Memorial Day Weekend, I recited the following poem in honor and in memory of the brave men and women of the Military who have laid down their lives that we may live ours.

That poem, “The Inscription”, was sent to me by a listener, Paul Reside. Paul’s Grandmother, Annabelle Gunnett Jones, penned it around 1932. The poem was picked up and published in the the Perry County, Ohio newspaper for a number of years on “Decoration Day”, or as we know it today - “Memorial Day”.

Annabelle was inspired to write the poem by her husband, a World War I Veteran, as a tribute to the Unknown Soldier. 

I hope you will share “The Inscription” with your family and friends.  In these turbulent times, it is imperative that we never forget the sacrifice our men and women in uniform have made, and continue to make today, so that we may live in freedom.

After listening to Annabelle's words, I think you might enjoy a few of my favorite patriotic songs performed by some of this great country's greatest artists. The first one posted was taken from last night's "National Memorial Day Concert" - It's a beautiful rendition of "Requiem for a Soldier" - The main theme from the 2001 Steven Spielberg/Tom Hanks mini-series, "Band of Brothers". 

From the entire Purtan Family to You and Yours... Have a Safe, Pleasant & Peaceful Memorial Day! 


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