What Do You Think I Fought For at Omaha Beach?

Last year, during marriage equality hearings in May, a stand-out was World War II veteran Philip Spooner, who gave an incredibly moving speech on his believe in fighting for equality and justice for all people. Composer Melissa Dunphy has set his words to music, and won the 2010 Simon Carrington Chamber Singers Composition Competition. The new work was premiered, appropriately, over Memorial Day weekend, and is amazingly beautiful in its own right. A recorded rehearsal of the new work is below – I like it because it footnotes the text, but if you want to see the actual performance click here; original testimony after the jump.


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