To my Band of Brothers: past, present, and future, but especially Bernie DeKay, of the First Battalion Airborne, 509th Infantry - first in combat from the sky; Geronimo!!!
I'm an American soldier,
On the other side of life.
I'm a tired old man,
Far removed from the strife.
But in this patriotic old heart of mine,
The flame burns brightly,
As I remember the time,
When I held our freedom
In the palm of my hand,
And I stood in the defense
Of this glorious land.
There were others I knew
Who wanted to give it all away.
They hated the sight
Of our strength on display.
They took drugs and they marched,
Under the guise of peace.
They let their hair grow long
And wore holes in their jeans.
And they never understood
My Army uniform,
And what it meant to me,
As they showered me with scorn.
How could they know
How it felt inside,
When they spat upon me,
And told me how I was despised?
Yes, I'm an American soldier,
From the distant past,
And it may be a concept,
That you will never grasp.
But we're a solid line
From beginning to end,
And it is this mighty nation,
That we'll ever defend.
For our wonderful freedom,
Is not really free.
It is a flower that grows,
On the backs
Of soldiers like these.
Or on the lost lives
Of my brothers,
Or the countless others,
Whose numbers are too plentiful to count.
So remember the debt that you owe,
On this Veteran's Day.
And remember the lives that were lost,
And take a brief moment to pray,
For it is love of this country,
And the dedication to be free,
That caused them to lay down their lives,
For people like you and for people like me.
Look high into the heavens,
And place your right hand
Upon your heart.
Take time to thank the Man upstairs,
That you've been even a small part,
Of this thing that we call freedom,
And the American way,
And then let's celebrate together,
On this Veteran's Day.
Thank God, we're American!
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|Reviewed by Jane Rodway
|This is so touching and so true- there is nothing that makes me more irate than people who don't support/put down the troops. They are not even worth a discussion, they are not the heroes are men and women in uniform are- god bless them all, and you.|
|Reviewed by Nicole Davis Vergara
|This is indeed an EXCELLENT salute, tribute to all Veterans both old and new! I am so very glad I stopped by to read this work today.
|Reviewed by Dan Rains
|An excellent poem! They say war is hell, but the real hell is when those you are fighting for don't appreciate it. Just want you to know that there were some that always supported the troops. Thanks.
|Reviewed by Tracey O'
This is the most powerful poem and tribute of Honor,Pride and Honesty I have ever read. Hold Freedom in the palm of your hand. Wow!
You did it for them those who will never understand. Definitley, Too many forget that they have their rights because of countless men and women and You, Sir!
Everyone who lives in this country Every One!
Salute! and Thank You For my freedom and everything I have and do each and every day! To say Thank you seems so little I wish there was another word that totally expressed my Thank You! With all my Heart!
All my love and gratitude, Ever-lasting,
Tracey xoox(c :) 42
|Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
|A 21-gun SALLLLUTE to you, Sir! Thank you for remembering our vets, and as a sister/cousin/daughter of vets, let me thank you for serving our great land! God bless you mightily!!
(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
|Reviewed by F William Broome
|A Fellow Veteran of WWII SALUTES you and your work. It speaks great truth and promise of a stronger America than too many of our citizens really deserve. And, that ain't no horse manure these days! - Bill
|Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
As a veteran, I salute you for remembering with such a moving, beautiful tribute. Thank you!
(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
And thank YOU for YOUR service!
|Reviewed by Sue Hess