Our Challenge Is Not Merely Whether We Remember Our War Dead, But How We Remember Them and What those Memories Compel Us to Pray
Still it is my prayer, not because this country deserves it. We don't. Not because we have achieved it. To this day from the very beginning of this country we've only ever seen glimmers of it.
Plenty of people have shown us the way, but we are still toiling up a mountain of failures that stand between us and the ideals we sing of. Still, I don't see how it will ever happen if we don't pray for it.
O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife.
Who more than self their country loved
AND MERCY MORE THAN LIFE.
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness
And every gain divine.
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