|A former paratrooper and
Army Special Forces (Green Beret) medic,
Michael McCann knows what hes singing about in Soldiers Songs. Beginning as an
album of songs from 8 wars, Soldiers' Songs became a presentation of the music
histories of WWI, WWII and Vietnam with audiences ranging from students to seniors.
Drawing on his combat experience, military history and a satchel of songs
written by and about soldiers, Michael tells powerful stories about these wars from the
Memorial Day was once called Decoration Day, a time to remember soldiers who died in the Civil War by decorating their graves with flowers and flags. The observance is believed to have originated in Waterloo, NY, on May 5, 1866. As the United States became involved in other wars, this time of remembrance was broadened to include those who died in all the wars of our country.
The song on the Soldiers' Songs CD that best captures the spirit of this day is “The Wall” by Vietnam Veteran Tim Murphy who received the Silver Star in Vietnam.
“And every name’s a father or a husband or a son
or a daughter or a brother or a cousin to someone
or a name might be a classmate or a friend you may recall
there’s nearly sixty thousand fallen names
still waiting at The Wall.”