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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