This is an old hymn that celebrates the spread of Christianity and what many were willing to give up in order to defend it. When remembering the sacrfices of the millions who served in the forces, in the merchant marine, on the docks and in the factories and farms this ode is not applicible.
Did those who served do so out of religious conviction or to suppress an inthinkable evil?
I think a song that would recognize the sacrifices without singling out one section (albeit a major section) of society is more appropriate and would better symbolize the reasons for so many to give up what they did.
I go to Sullivan's pond every year and leave when they start up this hymn. I feel that this song is wrong for the occassion.
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