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SOMETIMES HEROES DIE (Available at AMAZON.com, CDBABY.com, and OTHER online music stores!) Click HERE for story and lyrics!

(Performed by Rachel Williams)
written by Doug Brzak
Lori Piestewa and Jessica Lynch became the best of friends while serving together as members of the 507th Army Maintenance Company, stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas.
The pair was deployed to Kuwait in mid-February, 2003, and took part in the initial invasion of Iraq, a month later. Their Company was in a convoy ambushed at dawn on March 23, in the city of Nasiriyah. Jessica received life-threatening injuries and spent about a week in an Iraqi hospital before she was rescued by American soldiers. Lori died in a bed next to her best friend, from injuries sustained in the attack. Lori was a member of the Hopi Tribe, a proud Mexican-American, and a single mother of two young children--Carla and Brandon. She was the first female soldier killed during the war in Iraq and believed to be the first American Indian woman to die while fighting for the United States' military.

SOMETIMES HEROES DIE was written to keep the memory of her service and sacrifice alive. Thank you Lori!
SOMETIMES HEROES DIE
© 2005 DOUG BRZAK (ASCAP)

Her home was Tuba City, Arizona, a land of desert and sun
A life filled with friends and family and two kids who were second to none
Lori was a proud American raised in the Hopi way
With dreams that were bigger than anything offered by Smalltown,
U. S. A.

Now dreams can die in the desert overcome by everyday needs
They can dry up and blow away like a rolling tumbleweed
Her options were few and she was not content to sit and watch the world go by
So she placed her dreams in the hands of God, Mother Earth, and Father Sky

She wasn’t born a hero but she made the choice
To do what others won’t or don’t led by an inner voice
She was willing to go though the stakes were high knowing the price of sacrifice
And that SOMETIMES HEROES DIE

Like her father and his before him she heard and answered the call
A warrior prepares for everything and that might mean giving it all
In another desert so far from home her life came to an end
And today the Spirit of White Bear Girl lives on in family and friends

She wasn’t born a hero but she made the choice
To do what others won’t or don’t led by an inner voice
She was willing to go though the stakes were high knowing the price of sacrifice
And that SOMETIMES HEROES DIE

She leaves behind this question for all to wonder why
A mother with dreams becomes a warrior and SOMETIMES HEROES DIE

Yeah, SOMETIMES HEROES DIE