Veterans Day

(Promoted by Colorado Pols)

Thank you to my fellow brothers and sisters in arms. Less than 2% of Americans will serve in the military. That 2% has offered to sacrifice their lives to protect our nation its freedom and liberty. Many return from service with physical and mental injuries. Some that may not be apparent for many years. Twenty plus veterans end their lives each day.

As you go about your activities, if you see a bumper sticker, license plate, hat or some other recognition of a veteran think of this. This person may have experienced the pain of physical injury, the loneliness of being apart from loved ones, the horror of a silent battlefield, the imagines of a family being beheaded, killing a man in hand to hand combat, watching a friend die in your arms, the cold of Korea, heat of the desert, an oppressive jungle, the stench of combat. By all means thank that person, then marvel that there are men and women who will face these burdens for the love of country and their fellow man.

Anonymous no more.

IF YOU SEE ME WEEP

I’m called to attention as the warrior appears,
surrounded, by those so dear

I know him well, but not his name,
his sacrifice is his acclaim

A salute is rendered as he takes his place,
family weeps in the hallowed space

Tributes read, sacrifice confirmed,
honors called, he is affirmed

The crowd stands, his comrades are few,
a salute is offered by those who knew

Tears form, his sacrifice remembered,
commitment satisfied, honor extended

Rifles report, the salute is rendered,
Tap’s echoes to be remembered

My comrade is home, we have said good-bye,
now the tears slide from my eye

We march away our mission complete,
this day, we will repeat

If you see me weep, his life remembered,
always will it be, never surrendered

Roger D. Edwards
VFW Post 9644
All Veterans Honor Guard, Fort Logan Colorado
Memorial Day 2015

© Roger Edwards 2015

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  1. JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

    A sincere thanks for your military service.

    Signing up, training and being ready to fight whenever and for whatever the politicians decide is a special sort of sacrifice. My WWII vet father died this year; my Vietnam vet cousin continues to deal with some of his trauma; a friend works at the VA Hospital and often tells a tale of those there to remind me of the cost.

    If you have a moment, I recommend a story my friend passed on: Kasey Cordell, "Final Post: One Local Veteran's New Mission" in 5280http://www.5280.com/node/52637

  2. mamajama55mamajama55 says:

    A Veteran's Day Message from Gold Star father Khizr Khan:

     

    and for my father, WWII veteran, born on Armistice Day 98 years ago, and for my ex-husband, wounded in body and mind, whose innocence and idealism were taken and exploited by cynical politicians promoting a decade of the Vietnam War.

    For the Gulf War and Iraq vets exposed to Monsanto and Dow Agent Orange chemicals, which the Army then lied and said were harmless. For all the female and male vets who were sexually assaulted because rape is part of the military culture. 

    I honor veterans for what they thought they were doing, for being brave and  willing to lay down their lives for the greater good. We have to quit lying to young people. Quit telling them that they'll be sacrificing for some grand cause. Tell them up front which corporations they'll be bleeding for; then let them decide if they still want to kill civilians and lose their limbs and sanity to make it happen.

    That's my Veteran's Day message.

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