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I am a self-taught pianist that originally hails from Pennsylvania. I have a love of music that spans several decades. My Grandmother instilled in me the gift of listening to the sound of music no matter where it was. I was raised as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but sang as a young boy soprano in a boys choir for another church. Those years of learning music and techniques would forever stay with me as well as playing the recorder. I am married and am a grandfather and find great joy in my posterity. I moved to the Salt Lake area a couple years ago for employment and love it here (although I do miss my children and grandchildren terribly). I am humbled to be a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir as a music missionary. I have been truly blessed and acknowledge all the gifts and blessings that I enjoy to Him, my Savior.
As I was perusing some poetry, I happened upon this one. And almost instantaneously, a melody emerged. I got permission to set Susan Noyes Anderson's stirring poem to music. I wanted it to reflect a solemn feel, so one could feel the words as they are sung. I thank Susan for her gift and for the privilege of setting one of her poems to music. This would make a wonderful Fourth of July, Memorial Day, Veteran's Day or the like occasion. I hope you enjoy it.
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Lyrics: 1. Today we celebrate our troops, whose valor must be praised.
Our nation is the legacy of heroes born and raised.
2. From sea to shining sea they choose to honor and protect
The laws and land that we revere, the freedoms we respect.
3. The sacrifices of these men and women stir our hearts,
Invoking all the gratitude their selflessness imparts.
4. We celebrate each one of them and thank their fam'lies too.
For rising to our country's call with courage known by few.
5. May we be true to all who serve, and hold in memory,
Each father, mother, daughter, son, whose blood has kept us free.