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A Man of Honor

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A Man of Honor


Dear Grandpa, my words to you on angel's wing
fly from my heart with love and admiration.
Family always came first, your actions loving.
You set an example for generations.
A photograph of you I keep in a frame,
handsome in uniform, eyes shine like a flame.
An older man, I knew with stories retold.
You served our country with a brave heart of gold.

A courageous marine, you served in two wars,
only sixteen when you enlisted to serve.
Many boys sent to battle on foreign shores
came back honored men. Our freedom was preserved
thanks to the sacrifice of brave souls like yours.
We never knew traumas you had to endure
until dementia tormented with flashbacks,  
a sad glimpse into the battlefield's impact.


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  1. Date: 7/10/2012 8:42:00 AM
    Congrats on your win - a very touching piece! especially powerful at the end - "impact" on me :(

  1. Date: 7/8/2012 6:12:00 PM
    rhonda, congratulations with your wonderful win -xox~pd

  1. Date: 7/6/2012 11:35:00 AM
    Congratulations on your super win in Gail's contest Rhonda. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/6/2012 9:49:00 AM
    congrats Rhonda,good write:)

  1. Date: 7/5/2012 1:05:00 PM
    Congrates on you win! Jane XoXo

  1. Date: 7/4/2012 8:29:00 PM
    Congrats Rhonda on your super win, very sentimental and touching, tribute to a great man I am sure, love vie

  1. Date: 7/4/2012 5:05:00 PM
    Congrats on your winning work..Sara

  1. Date: 7/4/2012 11:11:00 AM
    Rhonda - a great tribute to your grandpa. I am sure he is enjoying it as well from his vantage point. Mike

  1. Date: 7/4/2012 7:56:00 AM
    congrats Rhonda on a wonderful write and win for this stunning and stirring poetry luv..

  1. Date: 7/4/2012 6:09:00 AM
    A great legacy you carry with you,Rhonda of your brave grandpa. Beautiful touching write. Congrats with the win!

  1. Date: 7/3/2012 8:59:00 PM
    My grandpa was an old soldier too but he died before I was born so I never knew him. A beautiful letter to him. Congratulations on your win. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 7/3/2012 7:50:00 PM
    Congratulations on your heartfelt letter winning.

  1. Date: 6/29/2012 3:34:00 PM
    I'm sure he knew how much he was loved. Light & Love

  1. Date: 6/29/2012 1:23:00 PM
    I love this moving and beautiful tribute to your grandpa, Rhonda. Congrats on your wins : )

  1. Date: 6/29/2012 11:35:00 AM
    So true Rhonda, it was not easy to get back to "a normal life" for the war heroes/the soldiers. - Horrible flashbacks - Very well written poem for your Grandpa. - oxox love Anne-Lise

  1. Date: 6/29/2012 10:59:00 AM
    This is a very touching and honorable write Rhonda! I really enjoyed the feelings you put down on paper! Great Work!!