Throughout my life, I have been witness to one conflict after another around the world. Today the thought hit me that I, like many others, have taken for granted the men and women that were involved in those conflicts and sacrificed lives, health and sanity in the process.
Whether those men and women were our Fathers, Mothers, Sons or Daughters matters not. They fulfilled a duty to God, Country and Family they felt was overwhelmingly important to each of them. Some paid the ultimate price and others returned with a sense of loss that, despite moving on with building families and lives after the battles were over, is a continuing payment for defending the values taught them as children.
From the foot soldier to our military's top commanders, whether drafted, enlisted or Reserve Regulars, these American men and women continue to face the ugliness of military action and service for all of us. This is my "Thank You" for that service and sacrifice.
From Antietiam to the sands of Iraq
The Standard held high there and back
Honor is gained as they man their post
Some giving a little; Some giving the most
Valley Forge, Omaha Beach or The Wilderness Trails
Bearing the weight, no room to fail
The badges are different; The objective the same
Gallant Heroes all, no matter their name
Living and dying in jungles, forest or sand
Our Brothers and Sisters make the ultimate stand
Preserving our Freedom while sacrificing their own
Two hundred years of safety this country has known
From a Fortress in France to a hilltop in 'Nam
Facing demons of battle or 'tween war calm
All have a story depicting a determined force
Of friends as they fell, Of themselves bearing the torch
Army and Navy, Marines and the Guard
Look around and you can see them, still working hard
New faces have joined in protecting the Land Of The Free
Old Soldiers in the making; Fighting for you and for me!
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To my Father: L.G. Croom (deceased), Pvt. 11th. Airborne 1945-1946
"He served his country and came home only to carry his burden till the Lord called him!"