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One Son retired from the USAF after 20 yrs.; my other Son will be retired after 20 plus yrs. Both have traveled the world and aside from US bases, they have been to just about all the bases outside of the US as well. One Son leaves next month for Afganistan, again. Another Christmas without him. In fact up until very recent, the three of us haven't been all together for anything in a 25 yr. time period. Sure, my heart beats a skip or two for fear of their lives. What Mother wouldn't be concerned about the child they gave birth to and was a major influence in their lives growing up? But you know, they are proud of their drive to protect us here and I'm proud of them and that mission. :) Cindy (cin170)
Veterans Day 2009
Another Veterans Day upon us
And as usual, it's the same
We have thousands in harm's way
In wartime's, deadly, game.
More than five thousand killed
And there seems, no end in sight
As we spend more lives and dollars
More and more ask, "Is it right?"
But, there's one thing is for certain
And, no matter how you may feel
We must Honor those who Serve us
Because, they are, "the real deal!"
They are those Men and Women
From, every corner of our Land
Who will Serve and fight and die
Although, not the life they'd planned.
But like, those millions before them
Who all Swore an Oath to Protect
The Constitution and our Freedoms
All of them deserve, our Respect.
Whether you do/don't support the wars
Or what, your political persuasion
We must stand by these Men and Women
Who will stand tall and Serve our Nation.
So, if you should know a Veteran
Shake their hand and tell them. "Thanks!"
Along with all those wearing Uniforms
In all our Country's, Military Ranks.
And, let's not forget the Families
With all those Stars of Blue and Gold
With recollections of those Heroes
And, all those stories, yet to be told.
Del "Abe" Jones
On the tenth day of November
In Seventeen seventy-five
Two Battalions were formed
And the Marine Corps came alive.
The Continental Congress
Had passed a resolution
For a landing force for the fleet
A new Navy Institution.
Since that day so long ago
Through all conflicts of our Nation
They've fueled stories and folklore
And stirred the imagination.
They're usually the first to go
The "spearhead" of the fight
Some who heard they were coming
Have turned tail and took flight.
They've offered up, gave their All
And that continues to this day
Standing tall, marching forth
To show others, Freedom's way.
Del "Abe" Jones
Yesterday was The Marine Corps birthday. poetry for them at http://www.scribd.com/doc/22365012/Marines and more Veterans Day poetry at http://www.scribd.com/doc/22364791/Veterans-Day-poetry-compilation