Each Christmas, music fills the chilly air to warm our hearts. No matter where someone is, they can feel and spread the magical power music has to move the soul. For that reason, PBS NewsHour has a yearly musical tradition. Each year it shares footage from musicians among the U.S. armed forces singing “Carol of the Bells.”
This tradition first started as a humble request. Several years ago, the station asked members of the U.S. military to recite a holiday poem or story. That has since evolved into a stunning video that showcases the talents from servicemen and women across various branches of the military.
Defense Media Activity produces this touching performance
We are able to enjoy this sweeping musical moment because of Defense Media Activity (DMA). DMA is considered a Department of Defense organization within the Pentagon. Above all, its job is to create a wide variety of high-quality multimedia productions. Based in Fort Meade, Maryland, DMA seeks to educate and entertain audiences around the world. This musical compilation, however, might be its pièce de résistance.
Airing the video by DMA has become a tradition of PBS NewsHour. This year, it concluded an episode by showing the performance just in time for Christmas. As the year ends and families come together because of the holidays, this video acts as a remarkable display of cheer and togetherness.
Musicians from all branches of the U.S. military contributed to “Carol of the Bells”
Everyone played a vital part in making this unique masterpiece. Singers came from the United States Navy Band, known as the Sea Chanters, the U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Chorale, the Marine Corps, and the Coast Guard. Some groups had very talented musicians as well to add to the lovely sound.
Around the country and world, talented musicians and servicemen poured their hearts and emotions into making an evocative performance. Above all, this powerful tribute is ultimately a testament to their endurance and also their grace, even when some are consequently far from home.
This story originally appeared at Do You Remember by Dana Daly.
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