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Lest I continue
My complacent way,
Help me to remember
Somehow out there
A man died for me today.
As long as there be war,
I then must
Ask and answer
Am I worth dying for?

This poem is in the public domain.



The author of this prayer is unknown. It is inscribed on the Pearl Harbor Memorial in Oahu, Hawaii.
Eleanor Roosevelt is said to have carried a copy of this in her wallet until the day she died.



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Good choice for today, Jayne, remembering Pearl Harbor.
Posted 12/07/2020 12:42 PM
Mama Goose:
Beautiful. Eleanor Roosevelt was a unique woman of her time. Perhaps the line "am I worth dying for" guided her as she stood for the marginalized people of our nation.
Posted 12/07/2020 11:24 AM
Yes. We should all ask ourselves this question and live lives, worthy to be died for. God bless my dear dad and all who have fought or are fighting for our freedom.
Posted 12/07/2020 11:24 AM
michael escoubas:
This prayer will continue to stand the test of time . . . as well it should.
Posted 12/07/2020 10:36 AM
Liberty is worth dying for. God bless those brave men who died 79 years ago, today.
Posted 12/07/2020 09:50 AM
Those of us alive on that day will soon be gone but the memory should remain.
Posted 12/07/2020 09:06 AM
October 1944, The Rotarian posted a picture, along with this poem by Lt. Comm. Howell M. Forgy (navy chaplain)..he is also credited with, "Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition"
Posted 12/07/2020 05:33 AM

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