“A Night to Remember”

Hand in hand they go
to Atlantic grave sinking
for she will not leave;
“as we lived, so we shall die”
together, never parted

[ Today is the 99th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic. The fate of the Titanic has always fascinated me, especially the stories of courage and sacrifice which took place that night. Of the 2,223 passengers on board, only 706 lived to see the sunrise and the arrival of the RMS Carpathia. Captain Smith chose to sink to his grave instead of abandoning his ship; the band played on despite the deck tilting beneath their feet in order to comfort the passengers (it is popularly believed that the last song they could be heard playing was Nearer My God to Thee); and Ida and Isidor Strauss calmly held hands as the ship sank because Ida refused to leave her husband’s side. In the grand scheme of world history one night of tragedy may seem minuscule, but I believe the human experiences of that night stand testament to the significance of the event. ]

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