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Italian American Tribute to Veterans
by Joanna M Leone
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
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We can never thank our Veterans enough. They represent bravery and heroism. The Veteran must always be respected, for without him or her, where would our world be?

 Special thanks to Terry Rizzuti, as he truly understands the pain and trauma.

Also, this is dedicated to all of our veterans who protected our country no matter how much pain, sweat, and blood they have seen in their lives.



V ivid memories of the sights, sounds, comraderie, violence, and bittersweet victories fill his head as he lays his head on his pillow. Even the scent of the kitchen at the military base enters his mind.

E  very physical and emotional scar is woven into the threads of his uniform, laces on his boots, his skin, and his heart.

                           Il cuore non dimentica mai (the heart never forgets)

T urmoil, tremors, and turbulence fill the night, as he still remembers the illuminated, golden sky over the battlefield.

E very man and woman who remembers the battlefield can still see the flesh, blood, sweat, pain, injury and violence, for it never disappears.

R oaring rivers, rapid waves, the swampland, and the sounds of gunfire invade his thoughts,

A merica is his first and only love, for as he packed his duffle bag for the war that day, he knew that he would defend his fellow Americans and kept his promise. 

N ight brings him tears as he sits alone in his room, trying to hide his pain from his friends and family.

They strive to understand him, yet all they can do is love him and understand that his scars are permanent.

S it with him and hear his stories, learn from him, be patient, and ask him about each of his medals, and what they mean to him.                                             


La vostra pelle è spessa, ma ritenete il dolore (your skin is thick, but you feel pain)





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Reviewed by Peter Paton 6/3/2009
We owe a tremendous and awesome debt of honor to all our war veterans
throughout the ages who put themselves in harm's way to defend the Homeland.

God bless America !
And kudos to you Joanna

Reviewed by L. Figgins 5/19/2009
God bless our veterans for their sacrifice(the greatest expression of love). This is a fantastic tribute to our veterans written with tender understanding...

Warm Regards,

Reviewed by Gene Williamson 4/29/2009
Joanna, on behalf of veterans everywhere, I thank you.
A beautiful, loving tribute, written with great skill
and heart. As you might expect, I served my navy tour
on the sea. -gene.
Reviewed by Joanna Leone 3/11/2009
Sent to: Joanna Leone
From: Ann
3/11/09 1:40pm

It is nice to see a tribute to Veterans. I don't know why we wait until Veteran's day...the men and women who served our country deserve tributes all of the time!

Your friend,

Boston, MA
Reviewed by John Domino 3/1/2009
Beautifully done! You just got to love a lady who respects and honors veterans. You are the BEST!

Reviewed by Terry Rizzuti 2/26/2009
Gee, Joanna, thanks for the Special Thanks. That was very thoughtful and generous of you, and I appreciate it very much. While you've singled me out, I know you know I'm but one of many, and not all that special among veterans, actually. I love your Italian American perspective on things -- keep the stories coming. Terry
Reviewed by Felix Perry 2/25/2009
I am surprized this write has not been reviewed, published and celebrated for it is so much love and respect in each line. I tip my hat to all the veterans of all the countries and I tip my poet's hat to you.
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