Memorial Day

I am a huge history “buff”, I guess you would call it. And I am particularly interested in The Civil War and World War II.  A few years ago, a friend of mine let me borrow the DVD set of Band Of Brothers. This was a phenomenal mini-series that aired on HBO and then later on The History Channel (Where I have since watched it again). It was produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, and is a great tribute to the men who fought and died in World War II. One of the episodes was called Bastogne. Bastogne was a little French town that we fought the Germans over during the coldest winter of the war. It was a long and bloody battle. There are really no words to describe it, but the images of that episode really convey the desparity of the situation.

Tonight, I found a song that I wrote after watching that particular episode. I would like to share it with you all, in honor of the brave men and women who have given their lives so that we may be free to live and do as we please. This is probably my favorite song that I have ever written, and I hope that one day, when I have some money to burn, I can record it.

Bastogne

Robby Cantrell

 

Verse

As I lie here

The snowflakes are falling to the ground

And I think about my family gathered ‘round

The dinner table

My mom and dad and brothers sittin’ there

And the smell of Sunday supper in the air

And all seems right

Until the bombs light up the night

In Bastogne

 

Verse

I’m so scared

My nerves of steel are slowly wearin’ thin

And the enemy is quickly closing in

But I hold on

I’ll make it through just one more deadly night

I know I cannot give up on this fight

Right now we are surrounded

But tomorrow I won’t be found

In Bastogne

 

Chorus

Bastogne    Your memory just won’t leave me alone

Bastogne     The sights and sounds continue to hold on

Bastogne

I never will forget you

And I thank God that I got through

Bastogne

 

Verse

We move on

Without our fallen brothers left behind

But our time together etched upon my mind

And I cry

As I mourn for all their loved ones back at home

And I keep fighting for their weary souls

So they haven’t died in vain

In the woods where they were slain

In Bastogne

 

Thanks for reading!

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~ by gack24 on May 25, 2008.

3 Responses to “Memorial Day”

  1. Memorial Day Sonnet

    If Liberty means anything to me,
    I will remember what my freedom cost,
    By those who gave their all to keep me free,
    Whose lives were sacrificed, but never lost.
    I will remind myself of what they did,
    And keep them dearly cherished in my heart;
    Their honor never from me shall be hid
    And I will know they always did their part
    To save our nation and its people here,
    To pledge their lives in defense of our ways,
    To show that freedom always outlives fear,
    And sacrifice is hallowed all our days.
    If Liberty means anything to me,
    I will remember those who kept me free.

    © John Stuart 2008
    Pastor at Erin Presbyterian Church,
    Knoxville, Tennessee

    [audio src="http://media.libsyn.com/media/stushie/Memorial_Day.mp3" /]

  2. nice!

  3. Venality says : I absolutely agree with this !

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