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Tribute to Dad and Other War Veteran's who Graciously Serve-Poem

Updated on December 12, 2016

My Father was a WWII Bomber Pilot

This is my dad with his comrades from the 489th Bomber Group of the Army Air Corps.  My dad is on the bottom row, far left.
This is my dad with his comrades from the 489th Bomber Group of the Army Air Corps. My dad is on the bottom row, far left.
My father, Captain John Rogers who remains in my heart forever.
My father, Captain John Rogers who remains in my heart forever.

The National WWII Museum

The passing of the WWII generation

Every day, memories of World War II—its sights and sounds, its terrors and triumphs—disappear. Yielding to the inalterable process of aging, the men and women who fought and won the great conflict are now in their late 80s and 90s. They are dying quickly—according to US Department of Veterans Affairs statistics, only 620,000 of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II were alive in 2016.

Honoring the 20th-century veterans’ sacrifice before they pass from the scene is at the forefront of everything we do at The National WWII Museum—from our exhibits, to oral histories, to the Museum’s $370 million expansion, a lasting tribute to the war generation.

“There’s no time to lose,” said Gordon H. “Nick” Mueller, President and CEO of the Museum. “We want to be able to finish and dedicate our expansion while we still have members of the Greatest Generation to thank for their sacrifice and service to the nation and to show the world what they mean to the principle of freedom.”

Thank you for your Courage and Sacrifice

I am a daughter

and a veteran's biggest fan

Dad was only twenty-two

what a brave, courageous man


He fought the good fight

so we could live free

All those in uniform

sacrificed dearly for me


His missions were flown

over Germany and France

So we could enjoy freedom

and have half a chance


Thirteen missions flown

by the eighth Army Air-Force

Halesworth, England

would be there 'said course'


Many close calls

would threaten their day

They kept persevering

and made sure to pray


Remember to thank those

who fought despite fear

Not only on Memorial day

but everyday of the year











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  • Michael Adams1959 profile image

    Michael Adams1959 6 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

    That is awesome!

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    ahorseback 6 years ago

    Hi Twin ,Enough said to be all voted up , Awesome is right ! A beautiful tribute to a real and eternal patriot, they don't come any better than the "greatest generation" That looks like a B-17 flying fortress.

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    Brenda Barnes 6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    You had one of those warriors that close to you. Aren't they amazing?!

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    marellen 6 years ago

    A very nice tribute to your Dad. I thank him and all the rest of our veterans.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks Michael-I appreciate that:)

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi ahorseback-All I know is that dad was captain of the B24 during the thirteen missions. Whether or not this is a B24 in the picture, I'm not sure. It's pretty cool looking isn't it?

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    What a sweet thing to say Hyphenbird. My dad was an amazing man. After his missions he worked as a pilot for Northwest Airlines and his eldest son (my brother)followed in his footsteps.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Marellen-I too thank all the men and woman who have served to give us freedom.

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    mckbirdbks 6 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

    Beautiful tribute.

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    Aris Budianto 6 years ago from Lying along the equator Country

    awesome poem, so patriotic, your dad must be proud of you.

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    Marlin 55 6 years ago from USA

    Wonderful poem!

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    Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

    Beautiful words, beautiful tribute, thank you for sharing this.

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    Steph Harris 6 years ago from Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

    Wonderful poem, very inspiring and stirring. This comment from someone who doesn't enjoy poetry, don't understand it mostly, but thoroughly enjoyed your piece. Voted up, awesome and beautiful.

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    Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

    Beautiful Tribute to your Dad.

    Wow.... he joined at such a young age.

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    catgypsy 6 years ago from the South

    As a military child too, the poem brought tears to my eyes.

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    tom hellert 6 years ago from home

    Mt,

    good on you, you should be proud reat hub Awesome yes we should never forget

    TH

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks mckbirds:) I am so proud of my dad:)

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks mckbirds:) I am so proud of my dad:)

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Aww, thanks Aris, so sweet of you to say. I so miss my dad but hold on to all the sweet memories:)

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Thank you MARLIN:)

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Ohh, thanks Movie Master:)

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    What a HUGE compliment Steph. I am so proud of my dad and his courage in the army air corp. I can't imagine being twenty two and flying bomber planes. Yikes! Now that I'm getting older, I am appreciating learning more and more about my dad's experiences.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    What a HUGE compliment Steph. I am so proud of my dad and his courage in the army air corp. I can't imagine being twenty two and flying bomber planes. Yikes! Now that I'm getting older, I am appreciating learning more and more about my dad's experiences.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    I know Lady_E. Can you imagine flying bomber planes at 22 to protect your country. The pressure, The responsiblilty. I can't believe it.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    OOHH, thanks Catgypsy. Aren't our parents amazing???? I have so much pride in my dad for all he did:)

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks so much Tom, I really appreciate that. When I was younger and dad told me stories, I just didn't appreciate it. Now that I'm older, I am so amazed and proud. I wish I would've told dad that but I was too immature to even realize the sacrafice he gave back then.

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    cheerfulnuts 6 years ago from Manila, Philippines

    COOL dad. :)

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    b. Malin 6 years ago

    How very Beautiful and Inspiring Minnetonka, and you're right these Brave Men and Women should always be honored and a Silent Prayer should be said for those who served, and for those who are still serving to keep us Free.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Thank you cheerfulnuts. I think so too.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Amen to that b.Malin-I can't thank them all enough for their courage and sacrifices.

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    Kristen Burns-Darling 6 years ago from Orange County, California

    Absolutely, positively, beautiful! This so touches my heart, and from the perspective of the daughter of a United States Marine (ret.) a Navy wife, and a soon to be Navy mom, I thank you for this lovely tribute and reminder. Voted Up, Beautiful, and Awesome.

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    Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

    Oh MT what a beautiful poem and tribute!!! This really did bring a tear to my eye but also a sense of joy and pride for all the servicemen and women worldwide who fought for us and are still fighting for us. Awesome!!!

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    powerofknowledge1 6 years ago

    Awesome poem!

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    You are soo very welcome K.Burns. You so get it, I can see that. I am so proud of all those that serve. God Bless you:)

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Wow Seeker, the ultimate compliment that you had tears in your eyes. Thanks and thanks to all that serve so we can live free.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks powerofknowledge, I appreciate that:)

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    WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

    About the 489th, and the Medal of Honor:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/489th_Bombardment_Gro...

    (Great Hub, Twin!)

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    Peg Cole 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

    Loved this Minne, so beautifully written. Your Dad is smiling as he reads this tribute.

    "He fought the good fight, so we could live free."

    So true. Happy Memorial Day.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks Will-I'll check out the link. Awesome, can't wait.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi Peg and thanks so much for reading my tribute to dad and all who serve. Hope you had a good memorial day. I sure thought about dad alot:) I do anyway.

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    prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

    Beautiful, I saw many great warriors here. I love the pictures above. Well done, my friend. You got my vote. Have a nice weekend!

    Prasetio

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    Mary Gaines 6 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

    Simply beautiful and what a special tribute to your dad and others who serve our country bravely. Thank you for the poem on Memorial Day. Blessings!

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi Prasetio and thanks so much for reading my tribute to dad and all that serve. Hope you had a great weekend:)

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    AAWW, thanks so much for your kind words Whidbeywriter.

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    Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

    So beautiful, I will have to dig out some pictures of my Dad in uniform one day, he was mighty handsome and I was telling someone so strange she kept no letters from dad but only a picture of him and a French girl on each arm!

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi Polly, thanks for coming by and reading my tribute poem. That is strange that your mom had a picture of your dad with two gals. HMMM? wonder what the story is there? I'd love to see a picture of your dad in uniform. I think men are so handsome in uniform.

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    Jennifer Pena 6 years ago from California

    To know that your dad wa sin the army is great it just shows that he was a person that helped make a great contribution to this country great article about your father.

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    smithroyal78 6 years ago

    Gone though your profile and very happy about all the wonderful fight that you had in life.

    By the by also had a look at wonderful personal blog and it is wonderful.

    Wish happy time ahead.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks for coming by spotlight. I am so proud of my father and all that serve to make our lives better.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks so much for checking out my hubs and blog, that is so sweet of you. Life is good and God is great. I can't complain :-)

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    Xavier Nathan 6 years ago from Isle of Man

    This is a beautiful tribute to your father and all the brave men and women who have fought so we could have our freedom.Thank you.

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    Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

    Thank you spirit Whisperer for your kind words about my poem. I am grateful for my dad and all those that serve.

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    Beth Perry 5 years ago from Tennesee

    Most awesome!! I've read several poems today and this is my favorite.

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    Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

    That is so sweet of you to say Beth. I really appreciate you reading my poem/tribute to all the our courageous service people.

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    Emma 5 years ago from UK

    Such a sentimental and thoughtful Ode to the brave men of the past.

    Didn't they all look suave?

    You are right to be proud of him, you had a great father there.

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    Jamie Lee Hamann 5 years ago from Reno NV

    Thank you Minnetonka Twin for this well written poem.

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    What a heartwarming tribute to your Dad and all the other veterans who have served our country in times of war and peace.

    He looks very handsome in his captain's uniform. I'm glad you included the photos.

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    Sunnie Day 5 years ago

    Amen Minne, Amen..here's to your father and many others we hold dear..Great poem

    Sunnie

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    Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

    What an excellent tribute to your father and the other brave men who flew with him. Those missions over Germany were death runs and most guys were never sure if they were coming home from the next one. I was a Vietnam Era flyer with the Air Force. Everytime I see a photo of an aircrew standing in front of their aircraft as if in pre-mission launch, I get butterflies in my stomach. There were times most everyone who flew on missions just wished they didn't have to go but they went anyway and they served their country with pride...even if it costs them their precious life. How can you say enough about such men and women? Your poetry is a good start! Thank you for sharing it. WB

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    Kathy 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

    Beautiful tribute to our family members, and all those who serve to ensure freedom for us. Wonderful words of recognition and a sweet note of respect for your father. Love the pictures and love that you cherish and value your father so...UP Awesome, useful (for all of us to learn and remember), "Beautiful" !!

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    Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks Pinkish-I appreciate your kind words about my poem.

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    Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

    AAWW, thanks Ddraigcoch for your sweet words. They were suave and so brave and I can't believe how young these men were.

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    Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

    Jhamman-You are so welcome and thanks so much for the kind words on my poem and tribute to dad and all that serve our country :-)

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    Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

    Thank you Happyboomernurse-He was a handsome buck and so brave too. I know, I am gushing :-)

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    Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks so much Sunnie-These brave men just humble me :-)

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    Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

    You gave me goosebumps Wayne and I don't know how to thank you for your courage. It does seem difficult to fully thank all you vets who have given so much and put your fears aside for our freedom. You are my Hero!

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    Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi Lucky Cats and thanks so much for stopping by. I am so proud of my father and miss him so much but my memories are forever with me.

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    Ryan Fuller 5 years ago from Louisiana, USA

    this was great and awesome choice of words. truly a great way yo thank our troops as well as your dad. i have family that have served time in world war 2, vietname and the current war overseas. this was beautiful. voted awesome, beautiful and voted up.

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    moonlake 5 years ago from America

    Beautiful

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    Jennifer Pena 5 years ago from California

    Hello there minnetonka twin how have you been? i hope you have been good:) me ive been fine your poem was really good im sure your dad would have been so proud of you for dedicating him a poem about how brave and great he was.

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    Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks for stopping by Fullerman. Sounds like you have a lot of family that has served too. Thanks for pushing all the buttons for this poem/tribute. These troops can't get enough thanks from me.

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    Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks so much Moonlake-I have so much gratitude for those that serve to give us the freedoms we enjoy :)

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    Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi Spotlight-I am doing GREAT!!! Thanks for saying dad would be proud that I wrote him this poem. It just blows me away how young these men are that are so brave to serve.

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    epigramman 5 years ago

    ...can't believe I missed this one my sweet lady Linda - I am so happy, glad and relieved that your health is stable and on the mend - we were all rooting for you during your time of need .....and this is such a heartfelt classic piece of writing and remembrance in which I can definitely relate - you see, my dad was a veteran of WORLD WAR II for six years as a Canadian soldier and he landed on the Juno beach during D-DAY.

    Back in civilian life he wrote 69 novels as a hobby, none were published, but the one that I am most proud of was his first book of non fiction where he wrote of his experiences in the war - so you see we all have our own stories and your story here is surely a great one indeed.

    Always so nice to have a little time with you my friend, the moon is on the wane over the lake tonight and although I was in the water for a 10 minute dip I fear my time is running out for going into the lake ; the nights are cooler now and it was dark by 8pm - I'll be in touch and please stay well and give my very best to your adorable sister

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    Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi Colin-Thanks for reading my tribute poem for dad and all those heroes that serve to give us freedom-Including your dad. I am so glad your dad wrote about his experiences in WWII. We should both be so proud of the challenges they faced to keep us safe.

    It is getting dark here earlier too and much cooler. I am hoping that my big green tomatoes make it. I love fried green tomatoes but I would love it if some of them make it to the red color.

    I just read your lovely comment out loud to sis and she said "OOHH, he's so sweet."

    Love you my Canadian Prince :-) xxxooo

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