Your Veterans Day, Memorial Day, or other patriotic occasion will be enriched by this expressive march, which is in turn exhilarating, poignant, and moving. The initial section is an uplifting salute to the men and women who have joined together for a cause, and relates the enthusiastic energy and excited camaraderie of troops preparing for their mission.
After an artful transition, a brief passage from "Just Before the Battle, Mother," conveys the fearful, sad thought of leaving loved ones behind along with the bittersweet willingness to lay down one's life for them.
The final triumphant section begins and ends with "Battle Hymn of the Republic." It will inspire honor and respect for the many who have sacrificed, suffered, and served to bring the many benefits and blessings enjoyed by our country.
Forward by Cathryne Parks
- Composer: Gary E. Parks