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A Tribute To Veterans

Tough life of a U.S. Army soldier based in Kabul, Afghanistan
Tough life of a U.S. Army soldier based in Kabul, Afghanistan. photo by Tim King

(WASHINGTON D.C.) - Forward by Editor: Jerry Calow sent this to our newsroom for Veterans Day, he explained that he was hoping to be able to see these words published to as a show of faith for veterans, many of whom live difficult lives after their military service.

Most of us who served can relate to the intense feelings that accompany military service. Wars fought by Americans have shown out Veterans the worst side of life; death and destruction and emotional stress at levels unimaginable to civilians.

The conflicts have also seen extreme heroism and acts of bravery that defy explanation or reason. We learn that in the end the Vets are often fighting for the soldier or Marine next to them, not for political ideals or national pride. Sure the flags wave and the music carries a note that makes your heart swell; you can call it pride but often it is an unexplainable relief.

On this day as the United States remains engaged in bitter, unpopular wars overseas, please give your thoughts to the young men and women who spend a portion of their lives engaged in war. They did not start the conflict and they always deserve our respect.

A Tribute To Veterans


In Vietnam, Korea and World Wars Past  
Our Men Fought Bravely so Freedom Would Last
Conditions Where Not Always Best They Could Be
Fighting a Foe You Could Not Always See:


   From Mountain Highs to Valley Lows
   From Jungle Drops to Desert Patrols


Our Sinewy Sons Were Sent Over Seas
Far From Their Families And Far From Their Dreams
They Never Wrote Letters Of Hardships Despair
Only Of Love, Yearning That One Day Soon:


   They Would Come Home, They Would Resume
   And Carry On With The Rest of Their Lives


The P.O.W.’S Stood Steadfast
Against the Indignities And Cruelties Of War
They Could Not Have Lasted as Long as They Did
If They Had Relinquished Their Hope That Some Day:


   They Would Come Home, They Would Resume
   And Carry On the Rest Of Their Lives 


Medics, Nurses, and Chaplains Alike
Did What They Needed To Bring Back Life
They Served Our Forces From Day Into Night
Not Questioning If They Would Survive:


   They Mended Bones And Bodies Too,
   They Soothed the Spirits of Dying Souls


And for Those M.I.A’S, Who Were Left Behind
We Echo This Message Across the Seas
We Will search For as Long As It Takes
You’re Not Forgotten And Will Always Be:


    In Our Hearts, In Our Prayers,
    In Our Minds For All Time


A Moment of Silence, a Moment of Summons
Is Their Deliverance of Body And Soul
To a Sacred Place That We All Know
Deep In the Shrines of Our Soul:


   In Our Hearts, In Our Prayers
   In Our Minds For All Time




These Immortalized Soldiers Whose Bravery Abounds
They’re Our Husbands, Fathers, and Sons
They Enlisted For the Duty at Hand
To Serve the Cause of Country and Land:


   They Had Honor, They Had Valor,
   They Found Glory That Change Them Forever


Men Standing Tall and Proud They be
A Country Behind Them in a Solemn Sea
So Let the Flags of Freedom Fly
Unfurled in Their Majesty High:


   In the Sun, In the Rain
   In the Winds Across This Land


Years of Tears Has Brought Us Here
Gathering Around to Hear This Sound
So Let the Flags of Freedom Fly
Unfurled in Their Majesty High:


   In the Sun, In the Rain,
   In the Winds Across This Land




   In the Sun, In the Rain,
   In the Winds For All Time


Jerry Calow (copyright 2003 ) 


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Anonymous November 11, 2010 4:36 pm (Pacific time)

Sorry..I am so sorry to have to post this link to an article, but this truth has to come out, or the havoc will continue. Please read;

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