In the video above, singer, songwriter, David Levi Osmond, performs “Danny Boy” which is a ballad penned by English lawyer and lyricist Frederic Weatherly in Bath, Somerset in 1910. I met David Osmond a few years ago in Branson, Missouri and heard him sing in the show at the Osmond Family Theater. He does an outstanding job on this song which is a loving and fitting tribute to those who have lost loved ones in the line of duty while fighting for their country.
As we celebrate another Memorial Day, let us not forget the valiant men and women who sacrifice their lives everyday on the front lines defending the country that they love with every ounce of courage, strength, honor, and commitment that they can muster. They do so not merely to receive accolades and honorable mentions, but rather they fight to defend the freedoms that those of us who stay on the home front cherish so dearly.
We must never take for granted the freedoms and the liberties that we have, but should pause each day to give thanks to God who has made and preserved us a great nation. During that solemn moment of prayer, let us also remember to give thanks for those who stand a vigilant watch by day and by night, by land, air, and sea, and ask the Great Commander-in-Chief to watch over them, protect them, and to bring them back home safely to reunite with family and loved ones.
I love this great nation, and am proud to stand and say that I honorably served my country for 30 years – over half of my life – in the United States Navy for which I have no regrets. As I have now been officially relieved of my military duties as of 1 September 2010, I humbly salute our comrades in arms, and I shall always be reminded of and never forget the myriad of unsung fallen heroes who gave their last full measure of devotion.
May God bless the men and women of the United States Armed Forces and may God Bless the United States of America. Fair winds and following seas.
Keith Lionel Brown
United States Navy Retired
March 1981 – 1 September 2010