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Honor the Dead, Our Country's Fighting Brave
Honor the dead, our country's fighting brave,
honor our children left in foreign grave,
where poppies blow and sorrow seeds her flowers,
honor the crosses marked forever ours.
Weep for the places ravaged with our blood,
weep for the young bones buried in the mud,
weep for the powers of violence and greed,
weep for the deals done in the name of need.
Honor the brave whose conscience was their call,
answered no bugle, went against the wall,
suffered in prisons of contempt and shame,
branded as cowards, in our country's name.
Weep for the waste of all that might have been,
weep for the cost that war has made obscene,
weep for the homes that ache with human pain,
weep that we ever sanction war again.
Honor the dream for which our nation bled,
held now in trust to justify the dead,
honor their vision on this solemn day:
peace known in freedom, peace the only way.