Photo of me and my sister prior to deployment to Lebanon 1975
Sorry for the lenghth of my rant
The fight against tyranny and the fight for ideals continue and the brave and yes really not so brave, but scared out of their wits young men and women continue to stand and fight for a nation being born, to a nation once fragmented and to a nation united against world aggression and injustice. No matter your stance, or belief in a wars justice, or injustice our soldiers both fallen and returning deserve respect and honor for answering the call of duty.
I came from the Vietnam era, and for those too young to remember, it was a war that nearly tore our nation apart. Returning warriors were spat upon; they were called baby killers and much worse. We speak now in terms of minimizing collateral damage, but we fail to remember the raids over Hamburg, Berlin where hundreds of thousands died. We forget Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Someone once said ‘war is hell’, but even in that it is underestimated. In the years before 1975 there was the draft, and if your number was called you went even if you did not want to…that is if you were of the average class of society in America. To quote a line from CCR…”I ain’t no Senators son”.
Unfortunately many children today fail to see the importance of honor and duty to God and country. However for those who feel the call, for those young men and women who stand in the line of fire today I OFFER MY SALUTE…whenever I am at a restaurant and I see a soldier eating alone…I will pay his bill in surreptitiously. For I know for a fact that those who serve see things that no young man or women should see. I lost friends in Nam…I saw things in Lebanon in 76’ that still haunt me today…I’ve seen the effects on the minds of those that are able to return. I sometimes wonder if being KIA (Killed In Action) defending your country is not a better way, but only God knows best. Whatever you should do tomorrow, please take one minute of silence to pray for those who have fallen and for those who have returned.
GOD BLESS AMERICA
MY Memorial Day Poem/Rant
Photo of me and my sister prior to my deployment to Lebanon 1975
From the battle of Lexington to Shiloh; to the Tet offensive; to Normandy and on to Kabul, the battle goes on. The fight for freedom; the stress and danger is real for those so far away from home.
It has been said that we in America have only a ten day attention span.
Oh how soon we forget those who face danger and fight the good fight in foreign lands.
You sleep each night in a comfortable bed; you most eat well while our children fall.
On a personal note, I myself have seen too much death and I know the destruction to the soul.
Each day our men and women see this day in and day out.
Yet they fight on and to duty they cast no doubt.
So if you know one who has served…THANK him or her, for this they deserve.
Please pray for them each night…pray for those who have fallen and those who continue to fight.
Pray for those who have returned and fight their demons every day and night.
Oh, the charred bodies of children; mothers crying over a shallow grave.
Oh God, the smell of death; the bloated bodies in the street, the souls we were unable to save.
ABOVE ALL GIVE THANKS: REMEMBER AND PRAY….
J. Allen Wilson © 5/27/2012
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|Reviewed by Darrell and Kathy Adams
|Humble thanks to all and thanks to you, J Allen, for your service as well as bringing it all into focus so well. Be well, Kathy
|Reviewed by Ed Matlack
|Reviewed by Ronald Hull
|From your experience. From your soul. You said it all. I saw, “Flags of Our Fathers,” yesterday and learned for the first time the real story behind the raising of the flag over Iwo Jima. I also saw a recent Congressional Medal of Honor recipient state on 60 Minutes he was just, “doing his job. Not a hero.” Thanks for reminding us.
|Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan
|Thank you for your service and thank you for this poem of remembering and gratitude|
|Reviewed by Rhonda Galizia
|My Bubba.. you have just blessed America... may GOD bless you!
Thank You for your faithful service to GOD & Mankind; I salute you.. and give thanks for you, and all the others, who make this life of liberty possible.
Love you, bless you, Hope your day is as Special as You ~ xo Sis
PS> Quite the handsome young man in your uniform - GO NAVY! :)
My baby brother Steve retired years ago as a CPO
|Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
|Thank you for YOUR service, Allen; I salute you and ALL who serve(d)! And WELCOME HOME, SOLDIER ... WELCOME HOME!!
(((HUGS))), much love, and continued prayers~
As always, your friend in Texas, Karen Lynn. :)
|Reviewed by John Domino
|To: J. Allen Wilson - A Favorite Poet of Mine,
You are certainly blessing others by the things that your write.
Your poetry can be read anytime, anywhere, morning, noon or night.
You do not know who your poem will reach but God knows all.
You are destined to write Christian poems until the day Christ calls.
Copyright 2012, John Michael Domino
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My Review-Might Be Enlighten Your Soul!
|Reviewed by Budd Nelson
a very apt memorial. As you I was in Viet Nam in the Marines and again in Afghanistan in 2009 with Corps of Engineers. Thank you for your service and these well penned lines.