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air disaster

On this day in 1958, a plane carrying members of the Manchester United soccer team crashed upon takeoff in Munich. The event earned the name, “Munich Air Disaster.”

I’m familiar with this event because of the 2004 Morrissey song titled “Munich Air Disaster.” It’s one of his more beautiful songs, sad and evocative:

We love them
We mourn for them
Unlucky boys of Red

I wish I’d gone down
Gone down with them
To where Mother Nature makes their bed 

We miss them
Every night we kiss them
Their faces fixed in our heads 

I wish I’d gone down
Gone down with them
To where Mother Nature makes their bed

They can’t hurt you
Their style will never desert you
Because they’re all safely dead

I wish I’d gone down
Gone down with them

You can memorialize the dead in so many ways, but I’m partial to memorials in art, whether it be song, painting, or creative writing. I do especially like memorial songs, such as Gordon Lightfoot’s “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.”

Do you have a favorite song, poem, or painting that serves as a memorial?

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