In New York City’s Central Park, on May 28, 2007, John participated in the televised Memorial Day program sponsored by the Intrepid Sea, Air, &Â Space Museum.Â
The keynote speaker was Admiral William Fallon, Commander of the U.S. Central Command, who reminded the audience that the day is meant to commemorate those who have fallen in the service of our nation and in defense of its precious freedoms. Following theÂ unfurling of a giant American flag held by active duty servicemen and women, joined by veterans dating back to World War II, and accompanied by a haunting playing of “echo taps” by two buglers, JohnÂ closed the program with a rendition of his song, “The Glory of Their Times.”Â
This year’sÂ Memorial Day observance, portions of which were covered by the network news, was carried in full by television station NY1.Â “Glory” is John’s musical tribute to the soldiers, sailors, marines,Â and airmen of World War II, and he was proud that a number of its veterans were present to hear the song. John dedicated it to all those who have had “the burden and privilege of serving our country.” Â
“Glory of Their Times” (along with “Remember Me”) is among the songs included on John’s new CD, “Side Effects,” discussed elsewhere on this site.