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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.
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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. <br/> Our nation is the legacy of heroes born and raised. <br/> <br/>2. From sea to shining sea they choose to honor and protect <br/> The laws and land that we revere, the freedoms we respect. <br/> <br/>3. The sacrifices of these men and women stir our hearts, <br/> Invoking all the gratitude their selflessness imparts. <br/> <br/>4. We celebrate each one of them and thank their fam'lies too. <br/> For rising to our country's call with courage known by few. <br/> <br/>5. May we be true to all who serve, and hold in memory, <br/> Each father, mother, daughter, son, whose blood has kept us free.
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