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Lest We Forget

A Pittance Of Time


Written by Terry Kelly © Jefter Publishing - SOCAN

 

They fought and some died for their homeland.
They fought and some died, now it's our land.
Look at his little child; there's no fear in her eyes.
Could he not show respect for other dads who have died?

Take two minutes, would you mind?
It's a pittance of time,
For the boys and the girls who went over.
In peace may they rest, may we never
forget why they died.
It's a pittance of time.

God forgive me for wanting to strike him.
Give me strength so as not to be like him.
My heart pounds in my breast, fingers pressed to my lips,
My throat wants to bawl out, my tongue barely resists.

But two minutes I will bide.
It's a pittance of time,
For the boys and the girls who went over.
In peace may they rest.
May we never forget why they died.
It's a pittance of time.

Read the letters and poems of the heroes at home.
They have casualties, battles, and fears of their own.
There's a price to be paid if you go, if you stay.
Freedom's fought for and won in numerous ways.

Take two minutes, would you mind?
It's a pittance of time,
For the boys and the girls all over.
May we never forget, our young become vets.
At the end of the line,
It's a pittance of time.

It takes courage to fight in your own war.
It takes courage to fight someone else's war.
Our peacekeepers tell of their own living hell.
They bring hope to foreign lands that hate mongers can't kill.

Take two minutes, would you mind?
It's a pittance of time,
For the boys and the girls who go over.
In peacetime our best still don battle dress
And lay their lives on the line.
It's a pittance of time

In peace may they rest,

 

Lest we forget why they died.

 

Take a pittance of time.

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Least we forget - 25 years ago today<br />
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Marines mark 25th anniversary of Beirut bombing<br />
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By KEVIN MAURER – 4 hours ago<br />
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CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) — About 1,000 Marines and others at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina are honoring nearly 300 people who died when suicide bombers attacked a U.S. barracks in Beirut in 1983.<br />
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The bombing occurred while Marines were part of an international peacekeeping force in Lebanon. Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James T. Conway told visitors in Thursday that none of the victims thought they would die on a mission for peace.<br />
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Almost 250 American serviceman — including 220 Marines — were killed when two truck bombs struck the Marine barracks. Another 60 Americans were injured.<br />
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The attack was the deadliest single-day death toll in Marine Corps history since the Battle of Iwo Jima. It was the deadliest single attack on Americans overseas since World War II.<br />
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http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jZWU_udIiaf0LHrKjgjUmDja7aXAD940ARJG0