11 November 2008

happy veteran's day.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I would like to thank you,
As I rise to meet the day.
For the songs of birds and sunshine's kiss,
And the gift of getting gray.
I would like to thank you,
For the gentle breeze I feel.
The scarred legs that carry me to work,
And how you helped them heal.
I would like to thank you,
For the children in my life.
The memories of their growing years,
I share with my loving wife.
I would like to thank you,
For the grandkid's that abound.
How they like to sit on grandpa's lap,
And the joy they bring around.
I would like to thank you,
For the sacrifice you made.
How you left your friends and family,
When you could have easily stayed.
I would like to thank you,
For the men you kept alive.
From treating wounds to giving hope,
Your the reason they survive.
I would like to thank you,
For the time you spent crying.
And the grief carried deep inside,
For all the soldiers dying.
I would like to thank you,
For the nights you didn't sleep.
And the horrible things you had to see,
Without the time to weep.
I would like to thank you,
For the nightmares you may see.
The smells that haunt your memory,
From which you can't be free.
I would like to thank you,
For the guts to volunteer.
The selfless service to your country,
Is why we hold you dear.
So, I just want to thank you,
It?s the proper thing to do.
For all the dads and granddads,
Who are alive because of you.

a poem by William Edwards written for the 10th anniversary of the dedication of the Vietnam Woman's Memorial on November 11, 2003

Queen Mum said...

One of my ver favorite statues. Nurses caring. Can't really say much else. The above poem says pretty much everything.