This month is a great time to remember those who helped others on board the sinking Titanic over 100 years ago.
Every time I sing "Nearer My God To Thee" I think of the poor souls who lost their lives in that terrible marine tragedy. Though it was a British luxury liner, it will always have an awesome place in U.S. history.
As a boy, I often wondered what would I do if I was on the deck of the Titanic that night?
All our lifetimes we should have heard of the musicians who at the very end of their lives offered a hymn of solace to the masses there that night. However, for me, it was just yesterday that I first read the names of these musicians who (as the history book from 1912 says) stood knee-deep in icy water to finish playing a hymn of comfort to their fellow-shipmates.
Here is just a note, over 100 years late, to honor musicians: Kraus, Hume, Taylor, Woodward, Clark, Brailey, Breicoux and Hartley. I do not know what kind of lives they lived, but I honor them for what they were willing to do for the 1,500 souls who would soon meet their maker.
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Hooray for the musicians who stood leaning on that tilted deck to be a comfort to their fellowman in a time of great sorrow!
Yours for the souls of the Titanic,
Fairmont, West Virginia