Sunday, May 29, 2016

Sgt. Charles Stuart MacKenzie - Lay me down in the cold, cold ground

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance of the fallen.  There's quite a selection of music appropriate for this mood.  Some is obscure, rescued from oblivion by Hollywood.  Sgt. Charles Stuart MacKenzie fought in the War To End All Wars.  Seriously wounded on the front lines, he was sent back to his native Scotland to recuperate.  The doctor wanted to amputate his arm; MacKenzie refused.  He said that would prevent him from returning to his unit.

And so the convalescence continued, slow but true.  MacKenzie was sent back to his unit as he wished.  He was killed in combat; his great grandson wrote this song which was used in the film We Were Soldiers Once ... And Young.

This day of Remembrance, take a moment from your gathering with friends and family to welcome the summer season, and remember them.

1 comment:

Old NFO said...

Hand Salute! Ready, two...