Ode To My American Hero - a Tribute to a Young Soldier

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A Tribute to All American Heroes

I wrote this poem in 2002 upon learning my (now ex) stepson was to be deployed to Iraq via Baharain. As a Marine, it was a Naval ship that transported his troop. Brandon kept this poem, in it's original paper form, on the top of the lower bunk in which he slept. Once embarking on land, he folded it and kept it on his person at all times. He said it gave him strength. I'm very proud to have given him something to hang onto in what had to have been an experience he never imagined. Certainly one I can't imagine! Although this was written specifically for someone close to me, I offer it now as a tribute to all who have, are currently or will be serving our country. God bless all of you!


Ode to My American Hero



On your days away

When you’re fighting the World

Know you’re loved back home.


You’re The Proud, The Few, The Marines…


And


At home, you’re all that means


And More.


You’ve chose your path –


An admirable one…



To be so bold

Proves you’re a special son.


To serve and protect –

You’ve chosen the way


Please don’t ever forget,

You’re loved every day.


On those days you live

When Life as you know it


Seems foreign…


Keep the Love in your Heart

That towards you is pourin’.


Keep your Mind in Tact.

And God in your Heart


Because the Freedom

You’re giving us


Is


Only a small part.


Your mission on Earth

Is obviously Complex,


So never forget We Love You,

Shauna and Rex.



Shauna L Bowling

Refining, Defining or Rhyming

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© 2012 Shauna L Bowling

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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

What a beautiful tribute to our military heroes and your (ex-step son). My father was a military hero too, and my husband was in the Air Force for six years. They all need our prayers and support. God Bless, Faith Reaper


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thank you, Faith! In addition to my ex stepson, my father is a retired Air Force Fighter Pilot. You may want to check out my hub "Haunting Memories".

Too often our military are taken for granted. I like to let them know they are appreciated. I hope others do the same!


Faith Reaper 4 years ago

I look forward to reading that hub as well. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

This is a really touching poem and bridges that gap between home and away so well. Love is a constant, when those we love are away, the miles don't mean anything.


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thank you, Jools. That's exactly how Brandon felt when he was away. His deployment worried his dad, but I stayed in touch via IM. And he held this poem to his heart when he couldn't communicate. We must always let our loved ones know they are loved. Whether deployed or right in the next room!


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

A great tribute and thanks for sharing.

Wonderful words;take care and have a great day.

Eddy.


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thanx for stopping by, Eddy. Love your hubs by the way!

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