Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy July 4th

My cousin sent me the following poem and I thought I would share it for Independence Day:

God Bless America!

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 mothers' tears?

How many pilots' planes shot down?
How many died at sea?
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?

NO, FREEDOM ISN'T 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 the 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 in Arlington.

NO FREEDOM ISN'T FREE

God Bless Our Troops & God Bless America!

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