A final farewell to those we lost in 2010. NBC's Brian Williams reports.
As I said on the air last night, the arrival of the holidays and year's end makes us all reflect on those we have lost in our lives -- our private lives. And as I often say in this space, the reason we do an inordinate number of obituaries on Nightly News is to signpost our own lives and times by remembering those who briefly shared this planet with us, in our own times. Last night we aired a beautiful piece of work, 4 minutes long, that reminded several of us of the "remembrance" portion of the Academy Awards broadcast each year, predictably the emotional high-point of the broadcast. It was produced by Megan Marcus of our staff, and edited by Bev Chase. Both women lived with the project, the pictures and the graphic details for weeks, and spent many long days and nights compiling it. We've had a number of very positive posts and emails -- and a number of people have wondered about the music playing over the sports heroes portion: its called "Song for Solstice," and it's by the Philadelphia-based band Hoots and Hellmouth -- you can find them here, and I happen to know they'd be grateful. That something nice can come out of such a somber project would be a wonderful thing.
If you should happen to notice later this week that I've taken a brief break to be with my family over the long weekend, the instructions remain the same! Join Lester Holt and Kate Snow here at Nightly News when I can't be with you -- and in the meantime, we hope you can join us for tonight's broadcast from the still-snowbound City of New York.