Memorial Day was established to honor American men and women who have perished while in military service to their country*. That said, please indulge me while I post three songs about soldiers who survived combat, only to come back to the States and find themselves still fighting. In the spirit of recognizing those who have served and continue to serve our country, I’d like to think that it’s not who we remember, it’s that we remember.
Townes Van Zandt – Ballad Of Ira Hayes [buy]
Tom T. Hall – Mama Bake A Pie [buy]
Bill Withers – I Can’t Write Left-Handed [buy]
* Technically, Memorial Day began as Decoration Day and was established specifically to honor fallen Union soldiers of the US Civil War. It evolved into what we now consider the “traditional” Memorial Day, honoring casualties of all wars, by 1971.