A Song for Sunday for Veteran’s Day

What Did He Die For? by Twila Paris

He was 21 in 1944,
He was hope, and he was courage on a lonely shore
sent there by a mother, with love beyond her tears,
just a young American who chose to rise above his fear.

And as I watch him struggle up that hill,
Without a thought of turning back.
I can not help but wonder-

What did he die for, when he died for you and me
made the sacrifice so that we could all be free
I believe that he will answer each to heaven,
for the way we spend a priceless liberty
Look inside and ask the question,
What did he die for, when he died for me.

To the darkest day in a.d 33,
came the mercy and compassion of eternity
sent there by a father with love beyond his tears,
blameless one, the only son, to bear the guilt of all these years,
and as I watch him struggle up that hill,
without a thought of turning back,
I can not help but wonder

What did he die for, when he died for you and me
made the sacrifice so that we could all be free
I believe that he will answer each to heaven,
for the way we spend a priceless liberty
look inside and ask the question
What did he die for, when he died for me

He died for freedom,
he died for love,
and all the things we do to pay him back
could never be enough

What did he die for, when he died for you and me
made the sacrifice so that we could all be free
I believe he will answer each to heaven
for the way we spend a priceless liberty
Look inside and ask the question
what did he die for, when he died for me?

o-o-o-o-o-o-

 

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Twenty years ago, the song “What Did He Die For?” was inspired by what I saw and learned during the 50th anniversary commemoration of D-Day. I realized in a way I hadn’t before, that those brave young Americans died for me—and that I have a sacred duty to live my life in a way that brings honor to their great sacrifice, and to the procession of sacrifice that has secured the freedom of this great nation for more than 200 years… Read more
It is my prayer that we would not, as a nation, give up the liberty that so many men died to secure for us for a temporary security. We are in grave danger of doing just that.

Thank you to all who fought or are fighting for that liberty!  

Peggy Ann

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