THE ANGELS CAME DOWN for the GOLD STAR MOTHERS and the GOLD STAR WIVES

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Real Estate Agent with Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage

THE ANGELS CAME DOWN for the GOLD STAR MOTHERS and the GOLD STAR WIVES  . . .

In April 2012, Norma Luther, president of Gold Star Mothers and Jeanette Early president of Gold Star Wives attended a memorial for fallen American soldiers.  Joining them was Kevin Costner and his band, The Modern West, who performed their original song ‘The Angels Came Down’

Just in case you are unfamiliar with these groups, they are not a club in which you want to belong.  From Wikipedia: 

"Shortly after World War I the American Gold Star Mothers Inc. was formed in the U.S. to provide support for mothers who lost sons or daughters in the war. Today, membership in the Gold Star Mothers is open to any American woman who has lost a son or daughter in service to the United States"

and

"The Gold Star Wives of America was formed before the end of World War II to provide support for the spouses and children of those who lost their lives while serving in the Armed Forces of the United States

The first meeting was on April 5, 1945, when four young widows met in Marie Jordan's apartment on West 20th Street in New York City. One week later, President F D Roosevelt died. Shortly thereafter, Eleanor Roosevelt, the widow of the Commander-in-Chief, joined the organization.

Mrs. Roosevelt was most helpful in the early days of the organization. She attended meetings, wrote about the organization in her My Day column, entertained children of Gold Star Wives at a picnic at her home." 

 

 

 

and

Kevin Costner and The Modern West have had their song "The Angel Came Down", adopted by the families of fallen soldiers. 

Speaking to the Gold Star Wives of America and American Gold Star Mothers, Costner told them that

"they are free to use the song in any capacity the organizations wish. "

“It’s offered up as a prayer really,” Costner said. “Our version of what we hoped happened.”   The song tells of angels coming down and comforting fallen soldiers in their final hours, taking away their pain and suffering and carrying them away to a place beyond the moon and stars.

 I'm sure you'll hear this song played many times on your U.S. Memorial Day weekend -  I hope you enjoy your holiday and that you take a moment to think of all the military families that have a loved one deployed, injured or those that have suffered the ulitmate sacrifice!   Thank a family for their service.

Below, I give you the beautiful lyrics as well as their video of the band performing this very touching and emotional song. 

Angels Came Down

Walking all alone in the Southern rain
By graveyards and battlefields that blood still stains
Back to a time when the angels came
Walking all alone in the Southern rain

In the forests and the fields so many men were killed
I can hear their cries still echo through these hills
That was the time when the angels came
Walking all alone in the Southern rain

The angels came down to the fallen men
They held their hands and they prayed for them
They carried their souls beyond the moon and the sun
All the way to heaven one by one

The angels worked so hard for so many years
To heaven and back again they shed so many tears
They left no one and they placed no blame
Walking all alone in the Southern rain

The angels came down to the fallen men
They held their hands and they prayed for them
They carried their souls beyond the moon and the sun
All the way to heaven one by one

Walking all alone in the Southern rain
Never heal the troubles never heal the pain
But that was the time when the angels came
Walking all alone in the Southern Rain

 

 

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Rich -  you're right, they've given the ultimate!

May 25, 2012 02:15 AM #6
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Susan - What a stunningly beautiful new profile photo you have!!!!

I can't think of anybody that doesn't love Kevin Costner - have a wonderful weekend!!!

May 25, 2012 05:50 AM #7
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Barbara-Jo - you are such a sweetheart!!!  Thank you.    (and if they can't appreciate Kevin, what's wrong with them?!)

May 25, 2012 06:06 AM #8
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Susan, It is a beautiful song, and a nice tribute to those who gave up everything for us!  May God bless them and their families for that brave and noble sacrifice!

May 25, 2012 12:34 PM #9
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Hi Susan - Thank you for reminding us, on Memorial Day, to also pay tribute to those who have lost children and spouses fighting for our freedom.

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May 27, 2012 05:58 AM #10
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Tony - that has to be he worst club in the world to qualify for
May 27, 2012 10:39 PM #11
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Dick - I'm honoured!
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Great tribute to our fallen heroes and those who lost and continue to love them.

May 28, 2012 12:00 AM #13
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John -  to be remembered for always!

 

May 28, 2012 12:15 AM #14
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Susan:

Thanks for writing about the Gold Star Mothers and Gold Star Wives.  I though they were a recently created group.  

May 28, 2012 02:51 AM #15
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Evelyn - sadly, they've been around a long time and it looks like they'll be around forever too !   Thanks for popping in on your Memorial Day.

May 28, 2012 03:01 AM #16
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A very memorable and informative post. Thanks for sharing.

May 28, 2012 06:40 AM #17
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Kimo -  thanks for stopping by!  Hope you had a fabulous Memorial Day in paradise - how could you not!

May 28, 2012 08:34 AM #18
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Love your new photo.  For a long time I thought Kevin Costner was just another Hollywood self absorbed idiot.  But I have seen him doing other things like this, often very low key and at his personal expense.  He is growing on me.

May 28, 2012 08:50 AM #19
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thanks Gene, I thought it was time for an updated photo!   I really like stars like Mr Costner who use their celebrity for good causes.  Reese Witherspoon is another who stays under the radar.  I think they've simply grown up!

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Susan this gives me chills. What an amazing group of women.....and the song touched my heart.

 

And....nice new photo!  Very pretty!

May 28, 2012 09:54 AM #21
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Hi Anna -  I know exactly what you're feeling!    Thanks for the compliment too - always nice to hear!

May 28, 2012 10:08 AM #22
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Susan,

Beautiful lyrics!  Thanks for sharing  them and the story of the Gold Star Mothers and Gold Star Wives!

May 28, 2012 04:36 PM #23
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Hi Susan, thanks for the great post.  Most impressive coming from our Northern neighbor!

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Susan, that was beautiful!  I hadn't heard about this group before.  I hope you had an amazing Memorial Day Weekend.

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