Sunday, November 6, 2011

Say a Peaceful Prayer

Holding On
Adam and his bride on deployment day. 
He's wearing a bracelet in memory of LCPL Philip Clark
who gave his life in Afghanistan on the last 1/6 deployment.

Shortly before my son, Adam's, deployment to Afghanistan, we had a moment alone in the car and he played a song for me. He introduced it to me by saying, "If you want to see a bunch of Marines cry, play this song." He went on to say that he might even cry right then, but that was ok. We both teared up. The song was "Stand Our Ground" by Corey Smith.

He went on to tell me a the story about a Marine in his squad that introduced him and his brothers to the Smith's music. A group of them went went to see him in concert in NC and had backstage passes. One of the men in their squad got to play on stage with Smith. Adam was unable to go with them, but they all became huge fans after that and made plans to see Smith when they returned home.

When Adam called this week, his brother told him we had tickets to see Corey in concert here in Nashville. He was totally jealous and went on to talk about how they listen to his music all day every day over there. It was in that conversation that we made the connection that LCPL "Boots" Harper was the Marine he told me about that day who had played on stage with Smith. LCPL Harper gave his life for his country on October 13, 2011

I'm not sure if the link below is going to work or not, but I'm in a bit of a rush this morning. If it doesn't, the song is available for free download from Smith's website here.

As the lyrics implore, "Don’t let a day go by without a peaceful prayer, for my brothers and my sisters still fighting over there." Rest in peace, LCPL Harper and watch over your brothers.

Stand Our Ground

Thiry Days Of ThanksToday I am thankful for....

A wonderful evening sharing good music and memories with my son, Andrew. Wishing his brother could be with us.


  1. This image is about to make me emotive! Sending out my thoughts for the safety of your son...Denise

  2. Thank you Leanne, and
    THANK YOU Adam.

  3. What an incredibly powerful photo...and your post brought tears to my eyes. I couldn't get your link to work, but I will go in search of this song by Corey. My nephew is in Afghanistan right now...every soldier is my hero. Thank you for sharing.

  4. I fixed the link for the downloadable mp3. Prayers are with your nephew Sherri.

  5. This is a phenomenal photo that conveys so much. He is surely something special.


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