I take time this Memorial Day weekend to recognize and honor those who paid the ultimate price and gave their lives for our country's freedom. Freedom is not free.
A number of years ago, I found the following poem in an old book at the Springer Martin House. The book, which had belonged to my Grandmother Martin, along with many other books & items, were later stolen when some criminals broke into the house. When I read this poem, I was so touched, I wrote it down. The author is anonymous.
So nigh is grandeur to our dust
So near is God to man
When duty whispers low, "Thou must",
The youth replies, "I can".
The Glendale Singers will be singing at the Memorial Day Service held at the Veteran's Memorial in Canyonville on Monday morning. Our patriotic program always begins with a song that pretty much says it all...
SONG FOR THE UNSUNG HERO.
"Let us sing for unsung heroes,
Those who lay their dreams aside,
Choosing honor more than glory,
Pledging faith with quiet pride.
Those whose uniform is courage,
Yet are unashamed of tears,
Finding in their love of freedom,
Power stronger than their fears.
Sing a song for unsung heroes,
Sing from sea to shining sea,
AS the faithful sang before you,
Sing the song of liberty.