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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.

Hooray for the musicians who stood leaning on that tilted deck to be a comfort to their fellowman in a time of great sorrow!

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Yours for the souls of the Titanic,

Dan Manka,

Fairmont, West Virginia

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