May 2007 Offering Of The Month:
The church I grew up in that Jim was pastor of (Immanuel Union Church)
has a somber flag-raising ceremony in front of the church on the Sunday
before Memorial Day every year, organized by the Boy Scout Troop (Troop #2)
that meets there. One year, there was a short ode of rememberance
and encouragement printed on the back of the ceremony's bulletin/program.
It was written by Jim, and dedicated to the Veterans who have passed on:
Written by Rev. James Martin and Edward Jerlin
© 2007 Everlasting Arms Records & Publishing - All Rights Reserved
"In Memoriam" is dedicated to all who have given their
lives in service to our country.
No walls can hide, no power dim -
I was very moved and inspired by it and decided to keep the program
in case I could ever set it to music. A few years later, I finally
did, much to Jim's surprise. I have tried to write a string arrangement
and/or various kinds of musical ornamentation, but have decided for now
that the piano and voice are really all this intimate song requires.
the memory of our departed kin;
who now and evermore you'll find,
are remembered - -
in our hearts,
and in our minds.
And still, we pledge our selves to be,
sons and daughters of that living legacy,
a legion, in watch,
that all might remain free,
"In Memoriam" for all the world to see.
This song is slated to be part of the "Strands of Life Suite" CD.