Veterans of the cold and driving drenching rains
The barren parched soils of near and distant lands
Whom have beheld the devestations and the carnage
That wars and battles have brought and bring
Whether they have been justified, or even manipulated by man
It does not matter; for you have placed your precious lives, upon deaths planes
That another might live, or find freedom within your wake
Christ once said, "that greater love hath no man
Than to lay down their life for their friend...."
And today and always and forever, I shall salute you
With a heart that loves and admires and grieves
Your courage your heroisms and your sacfifices
Whatever colors your uniforms they have beared
Whatever wars your lives have fought....
To both the living and the unforgotten dead
Within times now, or the times of the days of the ancient past
I shall humbly lift by this reverent rose stemmed glass
Its crystalline filled with the bittersweet wines
Poured more sweetly than bitter, within these thankful hands
As thoughts of you all amid your glories
Shall ever before my eyes walk these paths past....
And remember to never become discouraged, by those whom might not understand?
For your priceless lives and eternal souls, shall someday rise again~
As I bow my head and bend my knee
Clutching my heart with thoughts of thee
Upon this your day, of deserving memory
And not only we, but all of Heaven, shall forever salute you....
Happy Veterans Day!