America's Veterans


By: Wayne Brown


(Writer’s Note: I wrote this poem as a tribute to all military veterans on Veteran’s Day)


You see them at the baseball games

When the National Anthem plays

You notice them lining parade routes

On our Independence Day


The way they look toward the flag

Memories starting to intersect

A long salute, a hand over their heart

A remembering gaze full of deep respect


Crow’s feet and wrinkles line their face

Their time served filed neatly away

Body weary of time but still willing

To stand and fight yet another day


They ask very little and most say less

Some things one cannot speak of

No regret for the time that it all took

Proud to serve the country they love


Some saw carnage; watched soldiers die

Ever mindful of each fallen man’s grave

Most put it behind them and marched on

Wondering in time why they were saved



A soldier, a veteran, a hero of man

Standing proud for country true

Asking nothing at all in return

But respect for country from me and you



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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV


We must honor all veterans and I reposted my tribute to my boyhood friend Joey Zelaski who died in Viet Nam before he ever got a chance to live a real life.

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LaurieDawn 6 years ago

What a wonderful tribute. Such beautiful poetic words.

Thank you for sharing that.



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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@Tom Whitworth...Thank you Tom. Yes, I share your loss with my close co-heart, George MacDonald who died so early in life in a C-310 gunship in Vietnam.

@LaurieDawn...Thanks you so much for taking the time to read it and comment. I am so glad you liked it and hope you stop in again. WB

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onegoodwoman 6 years ago from A small southern town

And the choir sang....AaaMmmeennn.

thanks for your testimony to

our veterans. They deserve

our thanks and appreciation.

We OWE it to them, to lay down

our own vendetas and opinions.

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@onegoodwoman...There is no greater feeling for the service rendered by a veteran to for him or her to know that it had value to those who call America home. To see them appreciate their country and show due respect to its laws; to put America up high and hold it up as a shining example of a compassionate people. Most veterans would agree that is a reasonable trade. Thanks for the great comments! WB

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Micky Dee 6 years ago

God bless all Veterans, everywhere. They fight for God, country, family. A true Veteran fights on in the capacity they have. They answer "here" if ever called!

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@Micky Dee...Thank you for your service, one vet to another! WB

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kathryn1000 6 years ago from London

We shall be thinking of all Veterans tomorrow as we hold the Remembrance Day Service and March tomorrow.My uncle went missing presumed dead at The Somme,and the pain caused went

down the generations.I like your poem too.I haven't known anyone who served in SE Asia

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@kathryn1000...The conflict in SE Asia was a war in American history that produce little appreciation of the veteran who served. In fact, it was a period in America of the birth of a deep dissent that is still alive and well today in our society. It was the first and I hope the last time that a veteran could not walk the streets in a uniform and feel any appreciation of his/her service to the country. Many of those responsible for such feelings are still with us and operating in high places in America still attempting to poison the well of democracy with their romance of free love and communal living. God Bless the veterans of America and all of the Free World. WB

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Very well done, Wayne - married to a veteran who served in Vietnam for 2 tours at the ripe old age of 19. No matter how our government gets our men and women into these conflicts and no matter what the outcomes, you are right on - they deserve all our heartfelt thank yous and our deepest respect. Will have to read him your poem.

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@akirchner...Thank you Audrey and give your husband my regards and thank him deeply for his service. Any man who spent two tours in Vietnam deserves our deepest respect...Thank you for the good words. WB

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saddlerider1 6 years ago

Brilliant poem. I bow my head, stand in silence and close my eyes with a slow tear sliding down my cheek. I salute all veterans and soldiers who protect and serve. My father served and I was spared as the war ended two years before I was born. peace my friend.

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@saddlerider1...Thanks so much, Ken...our veterans and our war dead performed a great service to all of us in terms of freedom and choice. I like you will never forget that. WB

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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

Wonderful poem Wayne and so appropriate. On this day I salute and remember my father who was in WWII and a POW and my brother who was in the Army, my nephew who is a fighter pilot in the Navy, my ex-husband who retired as a Senior Master Sargent in the Air Force and whom I have the highest respect for and various uncles in our families past that served proudly for this country. I salute you as well Wayne Brown for being such a patriot for this country and a veteran as well. "Salute" Cheers.

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@ladyjane1...I hoped that it could stand up to the muster. This is a tall subject and one that is close to my heart. My father served in the Army in the Normandy Invasion in WWII and I have numerous cousins and uncles who served in the Navy as well as a son who served two tours with the Army as an Arabic linguist. It's important to me! WB

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