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I watched a documentary filmed in ancient black and white About the world at war in Europe and our men who went to fight. And I saw in vivid color, as I learned how many died, The faces of each mother who for soldier son had cried. And I felt, with them, a tragic loss for men I'd never met Who had given up their very lives for something greater yet. And I wondered what that ""something"" was,As the show went off the air; The TV station said goodnight as that song began to blare; ""America the Beautiful"" began to raise it's strains Of purple mountain majesties and amber waves of grain. And I concurred with every word, from sea to shining sea; How truly grand my native land has always looked to me. But then I thought, ""It's surely not of near sufficient worth To trade the blood of heroes loved for a scenic piece of earth."" No, I'd have to say I'd wager, if the dead could tell their tales, And reveal to us their vision, yes, that dream that never fails; If they showed us what they died for, what made them take their stand, We'd find that their ""America"" was more than just the land. This nation is A PEOPLE who may live a life of choice; A band of individuals who can stand and raise a voice; Who somehow stand united under God-inspired laws Which guard our precious freedom and give our soldiers cause To bravely face the bayonets and fight on, though they bleed, That future children all may choose the lives they'd like to lead. Ah, it's interesting to ponder… and wonder what you'd find… If you could know the guiding thought within the martyr's mind. I'm sure he missed the lovely scenes that fill this gorgeous land; But I'll bet it was for FREEDOM'S cause he made his final stand.
Wes Stephenson

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