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My Tribute To Our Veterans

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My Tribute To Our Veterans

I was just a little girl when he went to Vietnam
Some went freely, other's were sent by someone called Uncle Sam
Some men ran to Canada, other's Mexico
Some were just to proud to run, like he, they had to go
To fight a war in which it really wasn't even our place
Only to come back home to find heartbreak and disgrace
Heartaches for their broken homes and lives that had gone awry
Is it any wonder that these men break down and cry?
They cry for all the time they've lost fighting in this war
We'll never know how much it's cost, nor even how much more
They'll have to suffer, day by day, for fighting so we wouldn't have to
These men faced our worse nightmares and that's how we said "thank you"?
They never got a waving banner, no ticker-tape parade
No "welcome home son", nor "job well done", no form of accolade
These were our fathers, husbands, sons, our classmates and our friends
For us this war is over, for them it never ends
I'm sorry, but to me it's personal, my dad went over there
I saw and felt what he went through and to say it wasn't fair
Is the biggest understatement of the century
They fought, they feared, they even died
so you and I could stay free
Now my sons are overseas, fighting for me and you
Please God, don't send them home to me
in a box draped in red, white, and blue.

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  1. Date: 8/2/2011 8:43:00 PM
    Congrats on the feature Betty and thank you. My brother is a disabled vet from Nam and 2 of my friends died over there. I am a 30 year vet who lost about 8 years of that career protesting Nam. We DID NOT belong over there protecting Shell, Exxon on rubber trees while the rich looked on. The veterans (mostly drafted) were treated like dirt in their own country. BMC Vince Suzadail Jr. USNR-Ret.

  1. Date: 8/1/2011 8:56:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well deserved poetry being featured this week on PoetrySoup Betty. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/31/2011 7:19:00 PM
    Congrats Betty on your featured poem this week on PS.. a wonderful write to share with us all with luv...

  1. Date: 11/23/2010 7:13:00 PM
    Betty, a very touching poem, your tribute, is full of emotional words,, enjoyed,..p.d.

  1. Date: 11/23/2010 11:17:00 AM
    Thank you for sharing your excellent poetry today Betty. I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving if you observe the holiday. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 11/23/2010 3:03:00 AM
    Thnx Betty for visiting my poem, "Die as Lived forever" and leaving encouraging comment ... Luv/Best wishes.....Hitendra Mehta

  1. Date: 11/22/2010 10:16:00 PM
    The last two lines speak volumes and you do NOT deserve the pain all over again. As much as I despised the Viet Nam war, I cannot fathom WHY people would treat the returing veterans so cruelly. they were only doing their duty and they should not have been so disrespected. YOu tell them, Betty. LUv, Andrea

  1. Date: 11/22/2010 7:43:00 PM
    Smile ~ No matter what circumstances may or may not surround it all!? ~ So do not grieve for, "Heavens Throne" awaits they & countless others throughout history with, "Everlasting Arms of 'Love!!!'" ~ "My Love & Warmth to 'You & Yours,' Always," John! ~ Smile, "Have A Very 'Blessed & Beautiful' Tomorrow My Dear; 'Beautiful Poe;'" Bye!:) ~

  1. Date: 11/22/2010 7:39:00 PM
    Smile!? ~ "Yes," the 60's just as any other place & or generation throughout history for the most part carried its good & bad moments & situations my dear but, I am under the absloute belief that "War," shall forever come to a close soon & then, peace forevermore ~ "Beautifully Soulfelt & Stirring Poe" but, remember, no greater love has one than to give their precious lives amid "Light," for those that they may live but another day ~ ....Cont:)

  1. Date: 11/22/2010 6:37:00 PM
    Betty, I hope God watches over your sons. You evoke vivid memories of the unwelcome reception our Vietnam vets received when they returned home. No ticker tape parades awaited them, just jeers from peacenicks who showed them no respect. I wish we could put an end to war, but until we do, we MUST find a way to show our appreciation to our military. Thank you for sharing this amazing poem that took me back in time. At least today's vets are "welcomed" when they get home. Bless you, Carolyn

  1. Date: 11/22/2010 4:29:00 PM
    Great one honoring and showing much respect for your father and all people in the military..I am glad that I chose this one to read today..Sara

  1. Date: 11/22/2010 4:28:00 PM
    An excellent tribute!

  1. Date: 11/22/2010 4:10:00 PM
    Nixce tribute you have paid to the veteraNS, Betty