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(May 27,1952 / Moncks Corner, South Carolina)

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A Salute To Soldiers

Marching on to battle in the land and home of the free
Far away from family and the love ones they long to see
Yearning to be with the ones at a place they love at best
Braving the harsh weather just to pass freedoms test

The seeds of war and unrest had already been sown
Fighting the battles with dangers unaware and unknown
Crouching at attention in a ditch so deep and narrow
Wading through waters so high and sometimes very shallow

Secretly stalking the enemy under the dark cover of night
Forever on the watch with all their strength and might
Treading ever so cautiously over booby trapped mines
Careful not to cross over to the side of the enemy lines

Waiting for the time when the battles will begin to cease
All Hail! to the brave soldiers fighting to keep the peace
The high cost for freedom can never be paid at the most
Many had lost their lives and others stayed on their post

Submitted: Sunday, February 24, 2013
Edited: Saturday, November 02, 2013


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  • Noreen Carden (9/14/2013 9:30:00 AM)

    A true picture of the horrors of war we owe them for our freedom
    great write well done

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  • Elena Plotkin (8/26/2013 12:58:00 PM)

    A wonderful tribute to our Freedom Fighters. 10++

  • Dipy Hermonite (8/23/2013 1:20:00 PM)

    Thank you Patricia for asking me to come to this space. I loved this tribute. Keep writing.

  • Bobby Wynn (8/6/2013 9:15:00 AM)

    that last line really completed the poem so well. It's an unforgettable experience.

  • Louis Rams (7/30/2013 9:25:00 PM)

    we are the soldiers who fought for liberty, and we'll continue this fight to keep our country free.

  • David Wood (7/15/2013 11:25:00 AM)

    We all owe a huge debt to our armed forces. A good write.

  • Tirupathi Chandrupatla (5/27/2013 12:44:00 PM)

    Just to pass freedom's test
    They sacrifice a lot. Hats off to them. Nice poem for a nice cause.

  • Chandra Thiagarajan (3/15/2013 10:03:00 AM)

    A creditable tribute to our Soldiers whom I also have a great respect for their sacrificial service! !

  • Thomas A Robinson (3/11/2013 7:33:00 AM)

    Sometimes the toll has been too much to bear
    Too many best friends, uncles, and boys down the street
    And midst all hoopla and cheer there flows a river of tears

  • Joseph Anderson (3/2/2013 9:58:00 AM)

    As a air force vet of w.w.2 I greatly appreciate this salute to all veterans. I believe
    they are needful of more respect and you have shown this in a very caring way.
    I have one-Before The Next Bomb Falls- Please give it a look

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