I vow to you my country, all earthly things above.
Entire and whole and perfect, the service of my love.
The love that asks no question, the love that stands the test,
That lays upon the alter the dearest and the best.
The love that never falters. The love that pays the price.
The love that makes undaunted the final sacrifice.
Though the road has bends and turns, and my spirit suffers.
Humans fail. Systems fail. Shadows fall.
But the rut runs deep, cut by the blood of faces above.
And voices now silent.
But the message loud is heard!
Renew your youth, restore your soul.
Homeland, the country that I love, hold out your arms to me.
I strive for you and give you the best I hope to be.
May your wisdom be your armor. Your compassion be your sword.
May your be strength be forged with mercy. Your courage, lives restore.
Homeland, the country that I love, forever reign supreme.
When time stands still, my Homeland, may Heaven hold your dreams.
I’ll never forget where I was 13 years ago today, and I’ll never forget singing this song (check out the link) with 50 of my lifelong friends just 2 days later as our country mourned a great loss. September 11, 2001… Never forget.