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IT IS THE SOLDIER
It is the Soldier, not the Reporter,
who has given us Freedom of the Press.

It is the Soldier, not the Poet,
who has given us Freedom of Speech.

It is the Soldier, not the Lawyer,
who has given us the Right to a Free Trial.

It is the Soldier, who salutes the Flag,
who serves under the Flag,
and whose coffin is draped by the Flag,
who allows the Protestor to burn the Flag.
Author Unknown




FREEDOM ISN'T FREE
I watched the flag pass by one day.
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it,
and then he stood at ease.

I looked at him in uniform;
so young, so tall, so proud.
With hair cut square and eyes alert,
he'd stand out in any crowd.

I thought, how many men like him
had fallen through the years?
How many died on foreign soil?
How many Mother's tears?

How many pilots' planes shot down?
How many foxholes were soldiers'
      graves?
No, Freedom is not free.

I heard the sound of 'Taps' one night,
when everything was still.
I listened to the bugler play
and felt a sudden chill.

I wondered just how many times
that 'Taps' had meant 'Amen',
when a flag had draped a coffin
of a brother or a friend.

I thought of all the children,
of Mothers and the Wives,
of Fathers, Sons and Husbands
with interrupted lives.

I thought about a graveyard
at the bottom of the sea,
of unmarked graves at Arlington.
No, Freedom isn't free!

Remember this ..... and


              GOD BLESS AMERICA


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BRASS BANDS
and PARADES
Most of the time
they come and they go.
Most people don't care
and most people don't know
who guards their freedom
every day of the year.

Someone's awake in the cold
    and the hot.
Most people at home
don't give them a thought.

What are their names?
What do they dream of?
Are they lonely and tired?
Are they falling in love?

How far from home are they?
What are their fears?

Every day they are due
Brass Bands and our Cheers.
Christina Sharik





ONE YEAR
WHEN I WAS 17 I WORRIED ABOUT:

learning enough to pass final exams
would I have enough gas for my car
friends going their own way after graduation
having a date on Friday night
losing my girlfriend.


WHEN I WAS 18 I WORRIED ABOUT:

learning enough to survive a war,
      not pass an exam
having enough ammunition for my rifle,
      rather than gas for my car
my friends being killed,
      rather than going their own ways
being point man on a Friday night ambush,
      rather than a date
losing my life,
      rather than my girlfriend
Don Schaffer


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THE MEMORIAL
We tried, we tried, Oh God we tried,
So we could be here too;
And walk around remembering
And look for names we knew.

Our lives were lost so far away,
upon a distant shore.
But we are here in memory
As you read our names once more.

Remember us, Remember us,
Although we're truly gone.And not just names in stone.


Bob Princelaar

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WHAT IF?

What if the Generals all said "GO!"

But the Mothers of the world all said
  "NO!"

Christina Sharik


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Toast to the Flag

Here's to the red of it -
There's not a thread of it,
No, nor a shred of it
In all the spread of it
From foot to head.
But heroes bled for it,
Faced steel and lead for it,
Precious blood shed for it,
Bathing it red!

Here's to the white of it -
Thrilled by the sight of it.
Who knows the right of it,
But feels the might of it
Through day and night?
Womanhood's care for it
Made manhood dare for it.
Purity's prayer for it
Keeps it so white.

Here's to the blue of it -
Beauteous view of it,
Heavenly hue of it,
Star-spangled dew of it
Constant and true.
Diadems gleam for it,
States stand supreme for it,
Liberty's beam for it
Brightens the blue!

Here's to the whole of it -
Stars, stripes and pole of it.
Body and soul of it,
O, and the roll of it,
Sun shining through.
Hearts in accord for it,
Thanking the Lord for it,
Red, White and Blue!


Author Unknown


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The poetry used above
came from the following sources:

C S "ARMYMOM" POEMS

DON SCHAFFER'S WEB PAGE

FROM THE HEART

VIETNAM WAR LITERARY LINKS

MILITARY TRIBUTE POETRY PAGE

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