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    David James Archuleta (born December 28, 1990) is an American singer-songwriter and actor. At ten years old, he won the children's division of the Utah Talent Competition leading to other television singing appearances.[6] When he was twelve years old, Archuleta became the Junior Vocal Champion on Star Search 2.[6] In 2007, at sixteen years old, he became one of the youngest contestants on the seventh season of American Idol.[7] In May 2008 he finished as the runner-up, receiving 44 percent of over 97 million votes.

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Memorial Day

Posted by djafan on Monday, May 31, 2010

To ensure the sacrifices of America ’s fallen heroes are never forgotten, in December 2000, the U.S. Congress passed and the president signed into law “The National Moment of Remembrance Act,” P.L. 106-579, creating the White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance. The commission’s charter is to “encourage the people of the United States to give something back to their country, which provides them so much freedom and opportunity” by encouraging and coordinating commemorations in the United States of Memorial Day and the National Moment of Remembrance.

The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation. As Moment of Remembrance founder Carmella LaSpada states: “It’s a way we can all help put the memorial back in Memorial Day.”

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Day is done,

gone the sun,

From the hills,

from the lake,

From the skies.

All is well,

safely rest,

God is nigh.

Go to sleep,

peaceful sleep,

May the soldier

or sailor,

God keep.

On the land

or the deep,

Safe in sleep.

Love, good night,

Must thou go,

When the day,

And the night

Need thee so?

All is well.

Speedeth all

To their rest.

Fades the light;

And afar

Goeth day,

And the stars

Shineth bright,

Fare thee well;

Day has gone,

Night is on.

Thanks and praise,

For our days,

‘Neath the sun,

Neath the stars,

‘Neath the sky,

As we go,

This we know,

God is nigh.

Listen to TAPS:  

If  you are able, please take a moment at 3pm today to think of those who gave their all for all of us.

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This next video is by Abrra-“Save the Day” by David Archuleta.  At the very end of the video is a picture of Betsy’s son who served two tours in Iraq and is, thankfully, safe and well and home.

46 Responses to “Memorial Day”

  1. pabuckie said

    Both of those videos are so touching & beautiful.

    Happy Memorial Day to everyone here!


  2. Abrra said

    Thank you for this timely article. I had not seen Taps (lyrics) only heard the music. Reading them give me a mental picture of a soul swirling, rising to meet God as the day’s light fades.

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    I still learn something new each day.



  3. betsy said

    Thank you Angelica. ♥


  4. betsy said

    And thank you to all my friends for helping me out with a rough couple of years.
    Abs, you know that video means the world to me.


  5. TOfan said

    Angelica & Abrra, what a special tribute, just beautiful. Happy Memorial Day to all my American friends, love you guys!

    Back when I was a Girl Guide (our version of Girl Scouts), we used to sing that first verse of Taps at the end of every troupe get-together … still brings a tear to my eye.



  6. pabuckie said

    Thanks to Marylee on twitter — I never heard this before.
    David singing GOD BLESS AMERICA in his younger years!


  7. djafan said

    A huge thank you to all that have sacrificed for our country!

    Taps always brings a tear to my eye.

    Thank you Angelica for this post and thank you Abrra for Save the Day!

    Betsy…thank your son for his service! Very much appreciated.

    Pabuckie I had never heard it either….beautiful.

    Bringing this over from JR on previous thread…

    Anyone here from Washington? It appears he will be singing the National Anthem on June 9, 2010 at the NATS GAME.

    Hot 99.5FM Interview, May 26, 2010

    LOL – me thinks the DJ got a painful lesson or two from the archies!

    Check out Hot99.5FM’s UPDATED gallery here –


  8. pabuckie said

    Abrra — is it possible for you to make an mp3 of that God Bless America! I love it.


  9. Abrra said

    I will put the mp3 on mediafire and post the link here. I can do this after work, later this afternoon.



  10. munkmusic said

    Abraa, Your Save The Day video is wonderful and touching! Thanks so much for sharing it! I hope lots of people get the opportunity to see it! Have a wonderful day with your family!


  11. Marciami said

    Thank you Angelica for the Memorial Day Post and the reminder of the Moment of Remembrance.
    Abrra – I don’t know how to do it but your video was so amazing and thanks to David, gives us a sense of hope no matter how dark the day and night. I remember when he said that he wouldn’t sing a song that had no hope in it. It always lifts me up in time of need.
    I know David loves to sing Patriotic Songs and I hope he is able to do that today.
    Betsy – I did not know that your son served in the military in these past two years. I am thankful to your family and to him for giving of himself to make the world a safer place. I am so glad to hear he is home and safe now and you can rest. I hope that David’s music has helped you get through this time and brought you a sense of faith and hope.
    ps Betsy – did you get the message from Rene about tomorrow?


  12. SandyBeaches said

    All the best on your ‘Memorial Day’…a very fine tribute to the men and women who serve your country at all times.

    Betsy, you have a wonderful son and I must add quite handsome!



  13. Tawna21 said

    THANK YOU! For some reason this Memorial Day is especially touching my heart–I can’t put any reason behind it, it just is. Thank you for this article. {hand to heart}



  14. pabuckie said

    Thanks Abrra!

    I love how David tweets to think about those who have served our country — I’m not sure if some celebrities even know the significance of what today means let alone tweet about it!


  15. djafan said

    Here are David’s tweets!

    # On this memorial day it’s so important to remember all of the brave men and women who gave their lives because they believed in

    # life, liberty, and all the amazing freedoms we all have in this great country that we live in today. I hope we can all pause a bit

    # From our activities to remember them and give thanks to each soldier who has fought, and to those who are out there today… As

    # well as their families who’ve sacrificed so much for each of us. Let’s Keep them and their families in our prayers! We owe them

    # So much. Happy Memorial Day guys! Hope you enjoy whatever things you have going on with friends and family!

    David’s in Central Park…

    In Central Park and heard a crashing noise. A giant branch fell and someone is injured. Ambulance is here. Hope the person’s ok…


  16. archiesfan4life said

    Betsy, my heartfelt thanks to your son and to you and your family too.

    Abrra – your video is so touching – thank you!

    Well, tomorrow is THE day – I am sooooo excited I know I won’t sleep at all tonight!!!!!


  17. bebereader said

    Angelica: Thank you for the beautiful expression of praise to those who have and continue to serve our country.

    Abrra’s “Save The Day” video is a fine tribute as well.


    Pabuckie: Another great find in that “God Bless America” video from “younger David”. That soothing quality in his voice was there from the very beginning.

    New York welcomes David with beautiful weather. It’s 80 degrees here and sunny with not a cloud in the sky.

    Prayers to the accident victim David tweeted about.

    Brought this beautiful screencap posted by djafan over from the last thread.

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    Notice the twinkle in David’s eyes. Do you think it’s a reflection from the sun or from a new sense of confidence? Maybe both.


  18. quiteblanc said

    Thank you to all who have posted and commented here. I enjoy everything of this site immensely, and I check out this site at least 3-4 times a day even though my work day is usually 10 to 11 hours.

    I downloaded “God Bls Amer (9_11_02 Fire Station #54 memorial)”in Oct ’08. I don’t remember exactly where I downloaded from. It is not the live version at the fire station, but I think it is the same version as the one in the video posted by pabuckie. You can download from my mediafire site. This “inspirational” folder is public, and you can download any song in this folder, including the rarely mentioned “Nature Boy” originally sung by Natalie Cole.
    Here is the URL:


  19. Angelica said

    Hope everyone is having a wonderful Memorial Day! We have so many heroes to thank for the peace and happiness we enjoy today. I am spending the day curled up with a GOOD book. I mean, srly good. I’m very impressed.

    Love that 99.5 interview and the fact that we get to see and hear him sing the National Anthem again this Sunday.


    Thank you for sharing that God Bless America download with us and for your kind words. I downloaded Nature Boy too. Love that.

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  20. pabuckie said

    #18 Quiteblanc – Oh Thank You so much. I am going to download God Bless America and Nature Boy (which happens to quite honestly be one of my favorite songs David sang as my father always played Nat King Cole’s version of it when I was little).

    Now since there are many lurkers to this site maybe someone has an mp3 of David singing Imagine at 12 yes 12 not 13 🙂

    I don’t think anyone does but would treasure it if I ever find one!!


  21. Abrra said

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    Here is an mp3 of the video Pabuckie posted in #6~~ God Bless America by 12 yr old David Archuleta

    And the mp3 of the interview from 99.5 if anyone missed it last thread.

    Thank you to those who commented on my video. I wanted to use Save the Day in a video. I wasn’t sure what approach I was going to take until I found this image.
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    It is about children who play at being a “superhero” only to grow up to be soldiers and become Superheros to the children of war torn countries. Ambassadors of hope despite the conditions. Betsy’s son Peter is a true American hero in anyone’s book. His personal sacrifice is immeasurable.



  22. pabuckie said

    Thanks Abrra !! Yeah more downloads!

    BTW Quiteblanc — I downloaded your entire folder! haha
    Unfortunately for some reason the one I really want “Nature Boy” can’t download for me I keep getting a server issue. 😦


  23. pabuckie said

    Djafan — Oh goody I guess my post doesn’t need deleting since you posted it 🙂


  24. djafan said

    Hey Pabuckie…thanks to you I’ve deleted…didn’t realize it being a spoiler since I’ve read the book!

    I’ve left the picture to click on on the right sidebar to the Salt Lake City Weekly for whoever would like to read.

    Here’s the intro with no spoilers.

    David Archuleta
    David Archuleta may be young, but his memoir still inspires.
    By Brandon Burt
    There was a time when the writing of memoirs was solely the bailiwick of old people. In those days, the autobiographer had to wait at least until middle age before amassing enough experiences to fill an interesting tome.

    Ah, but now we live in an accelerated era, an age when a callow youth can find himself rocketed to national celebrity through the auspices of a popular TV talent show—and then go on to write a pretty damned good book about it.

    Obviously, the June 1 release of David Archuleta’s Chords of Strength will elicit howls of amusement from literary naysayers. And, admittedly, the very idea that a young man not yet in his 20s—whose claim to fame is having been a runner-up on Fox’s American Idol a two years ago—could dare publish a memoir comes as something as a shock. Even l’enfant terrible Augusten Burroughs, who ushered in the memoir craze of the past decade with his candid memoir of his bizarre childhood, had the courtesy to hold off publication until he was in his 30s. But, I say, screw those literary naysayers. The bigger shock for them will be that, despite his youth, Archuleta (with the help of journalist/ethnomusicologist Monica Haim) managed to come up with a personal account that is engaging, readable and even inspiring.

    Archuleta is not the fame-hungry, celebrity-obsessed Hollywood child star one might expect. He comes across as a sensitive, introspective and bright young man.


  25. Abrra said

    I get daily inspiration quotes from a friend here at The Voice. Today’s is very appropriate so I will repeat it here for all to read.

    “The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name & the inheritance of a great example. The greatest glory of a free-born people is to transmit that freedom to their children. The brave die never, though they sleep in dust: Their courage nerves a thousand living men. Today we come, not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise them. For love of country & it’s people they accepted death, which is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity.” ~~Unknown



  26. blisskasden said

    Djafan, I am struck by the last line of that very good review. Who would ever expect that David would be a “fame-hungry,celebrity-obsessed Hollywood child star”? I certainly hope that these “Martians” get to read the book.

    We also learned a new word in this review. I’ve missed my calling in life. I should have been an “ethnomusicologist”.

    The literary world is an elitist, snobby bunch. We may have to endure some unctuous reviewers that cannot bear the fact that a 19 year old had the presumptuousness to write a memoir. David will handle this issue with his characteristic charm and self-effacing wit, causing countless non- believers to fall hopelessly in love with him.

    Trying to resist David’s charm and warmth is like trying to defend yourself against a charging lion, with a fly-swatter.


  27. Abrra said

    That is not the end of the review. She cut the review off from the spoiler content. Pabuckie posted a link to it, then asked for it to be removed for spoiler content. Then djafans posted a partial review. The reviewer was not talking about David but rather that David was NOT like that at all. He was simply amazed that David is so down to earth and real. FYI The last line in the review is that he has become a fan after reading David’s book. I hope this was clear 🙂

    Here is the end of the review(no spoiler)
    ” His book is the work of a sweetly insecure, though very talented, young man. And, in the end, it is his fans—not snooty grad students—who will be the ultimate judge.
    Count me as one who has become a fan. ”

    haha what are the odds of finding this picture?
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  28. blisskasden said

    Abrra, gotcha. I read the full review, and now see the context of that line. It’s a very good review, and I hope for many more like it.

    As Gilda Radner said on SNL, “Never mind”.

    Hope everyone is having a good Memorial Day.


  29. quiteblanc said

    #22 Hi pabuckie,

    I had MediaFire serve issue earlier this morning. Please don’t give up. Here is the direct link to the “Nature Boy”.
    It is amazing that he recorded this when he was at 13 yr old.


  30. pabuckie said

    Thanks Quiteblanc — it really is one of my favorite songs!
    Very sentimental for me.

    Abrra downloaded it and gave it to me. But I will try yours again too! Thanks again.


  31. djafan said

    Thanks for clearing that up Abrra.

    Love that Nature Boy!!!


  32. djafan said

    This from Access Hollywood!!!!!

    Celebs Tweet Memorial Day Support For Fallen U.S. Soldiers

    This Memorial Day, celebrities weren’t just grilling hamburgers and jet setting around the world.
    Several stars took the opportunity this holiday to remember why so many take the day off from work today – to commemorate U.S. soldiers who died in the course of duty.
    And “American Idol” runner-up David Archuleta wrote one of the day’s most profound Tweets: “On this memorial day it’s so important to remember all of the brave men and women who gave their lives because they believed in life, liberty, and all the amazing freedoms we all have in this great country that we live in today. I hope we can all pause a bit. From our activities to remember them and give thanks to each soldier who has fought, and to those who are out there today… As well as their families who’ve sacrificed so much for each of us. Let’s Keep them and their families in our prayers! We owe them”


  33. pabuckie said

    Did you guys see that David Cook tweeted David about his book!!

    @DavidArchie saw your book in borders today. Looked for the audiobook version that you narrated, but to no avail… Lol congrats man


  34. pabuckie said

    Shontelle Layne tweeted too!

    Shontelle_Layne @franie1958yahoo Of course I’m going to buy Archie’s book!


  35. bebereader said

    Spazzing about tomorrow!!!

    Meanwhile, here’s a pic I found of David at the Idol after party.

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  36. SandyBeaches said

    David looks quite fine in the above picture here at the after party…I think that he has a little more curl than Benton Paul though…



  37. pabuckie said

    Goodnight and GOOD LUCK to Everyone GOING TOMORROW!!
    Can’t wait to hear all about it.

    If David did an audio book I would pay a LOT for that! lol
    Imagine listening to his own voice reading those words.
    There would be a lot of laughter & a lot of tears at the same time.


  38. djafan said

    David wonders if anyone is going to make it?!

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  39. blisskasden said

    Best wishes to all those going to Ridgewood tomorrow. I’ll be there in spirit. Keep us posted on the festivities, and have a great time.

    I see that David is wondering if anyone will be showing up? The question should be, “Where will they all park”?


  40. djafan said

    From twitter!


    Woohoo! Just heard @DavidArchie will be on Good Day NY on FOX. Should air about 8:50-ish.

    half a minute ago via web


  41. refnaf said

    Happy Memorial Day to all of my US David fan friends…. David’s tweet about Memorial Day was very touching… that boy “gets” it.

    Peeps that are going to the book signing tomorrow> have a marvelous time….I’ll be thinking about you all!!!

    The idea of a audiobook? gah that would be worth so much to me….


  42. poof said

    Does anyone else get the feeling that A LOT of people recently are lining up to get on the fast train to “Oddville”? The love and admiration for the “king” seems to be comin’ from all directions! So glad I already have my ticket, but always glad to make room for a few more million people.

    Can’t wait to start talking about COS!! Wouldn’t an audiobook be spectacular?


  43. bluesky said

    Work has been my master and will still be for a bit….

    But thank you so much Angelica and all for this lovely and heartfelt tribute for Memorial Day. The videos, the comments… just thank you all. There is something so close and personal about this day. It is hard to describe and touch, yet it is universally real.

    The young men and women, the resolute demeanor, the tenderness and sacrifice, the humanity all draw us together and “we cannot hallow” this day, they have already done that. We can only remember. And do our best to make their efforts count.

    I struggle to achieve or accomplish, but am humbled instead. With us or with God, may God grant them peace.


  44. djafan said

    Hi Ref!!! An audiobook would be heavenly!

    Poof.. I’m feeling the crowd grow for our young man.

    Bluesky…that was beautiful and beautifully said…thank you!


  45. bebereader said

    To all going to Bookends tomorrow, hope to see you there!

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  46. thank you angelica (for the article) & abrra (for STD video). It honors & embraces those who have given of their lives, as well as those who have & continue to serve. So meaningful for my family as all three generations (father, husband & youngest son) have served. Unfortunately my father is no longer with us but was able to share this with my son & husband. Thank you.


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