Happy Memorial Day! We were looking forward to putting together a playlist full of sweet summer jams to enjoy poolside, but we thought about who Memorial Day was honoring and we shifted gears. In his 2011 Presidential Address from Arlington National Cemetery, President Obama remarked, "But on this day we remember that it is on our behalf that they gave their lives. We remember that it is their courage, their unselfishness, their devotion to duty that has sustained this country through all its trials and will sustain us through all the trials to come. We remember that the blessings we enjoy as Americans came at a dear cost; that our very presence here today, as free people in a free society, bears testimony to their enduring legacy. Our nation owes a debt to its fallen heroes that we can never fully repay. But we can honor their sacrifice, and we must."
In addition to sparking nostalgia for more normal times, we thought that sounded just right. We crafted this playlist to honor and thank those who made that sacrifice. It's a more somber collection than our normal fare but we think it befits the occasion. We hope you enjoy it.