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November 13, 2022 - #4861 Music & the Spoken Word

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Conductor: Mack Wilberg
Organist: Richard Elliott
Announcer: Lloyd Newell
Featuring The West Point Glee Club

“America the Beautiful”1
Music: Samuel A. Ward
Lyrics: Katharine Lee Bates
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

“Because of the Brave”
Music and Lyrics: Lowell Alexander and Steve Amerson
Arrangement: Bob Krogstad

“Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean” (organ solo)
Music: Thomas A’Becket and David Shaw
Arrangement: Richard Elliott

“Mansions of the Lord,” from We Were Soldiers
Music: Nick Glennie-Smith
Lyrics: Randall Wallace
Featuring the West Point Glee Club, and The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square, with Constance Chase, conducting

“God Is Nigh”
Music: General Daniel Butterfield
Lyrics: Horace Lorenzo Trim
Arrangement: Nicholas McKaig
Featuring the West Point Glee Club with Constance Chase, conducting

“Battle Hymn of the Republic”1,2
Music: William Steffe
Lyrics: Julie Ward Howe
Arrangement: Peter J. Wilhousky
Featuring the West Point Glee Club, and The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square

  1. From the album Spirit of America.
  2. From the album America's Choir.

The Spoken Word

Timely and Timeless Values

On the western bank of the Hudson River, 40 miles north of New York City, stands the United States Military Academy at West Point. For over 200 years, this well-known institution has emphasized the values behind a simple and inspiring motto: “Duty, Honor, Country.” 

Implicit in this motto is the belief that serving others is not a matter of preference or convenience but of solemn duty; that such service must be given honorably, with integrity, or not at all; and that the needs of our fellow citizens, those with whom we share our country, are as important as our own.

Ken Alford is a retired colonel and was a faculty member at West Point for many years.

“For me, West Point is a wonderful mix of the past, the present, and the promise of the future. As you walk the hallways of West Point you can just almost feel the great captains of the past. Also there are cadets today, young men and women that are being trained to become people of character. What West Point teaches is that there are things that are more important than self.”

To some, these might seem like old-fashioned values. But the truth is they are timeless—and timely. Today, more than ever, we need people who consider it their duty to uphold freedom, who place a high priority on honor, and who do their part to make their country and the world a better place.

“Throughout my life, having the opportunity to serve in the military, I’ve seen—both here stateside and abroad—opportunities where people have upheld those values and the blessing that has been in their lives and also the lives of those around them. But I would suggest that people everywhere, whether they’re connected with the military or not, can seek to make their country a better place.”

It’s not enough to assume that someone else will embrace these values for us. The duty of service is our shared duty. Whatever our work may be, we can do it with honor. And love for our country can inspire us to improve our country. You don’t have to attend West Point to live by duty, honor, and country. These values belong to all of us who selflessly enlist in a cause greater than ourselves.