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Home of the Brave - Land Of The Free

Updated on February 9, 2015

As the moon shines bright, ore the land of the free

I think of the lives lost for you and for me

Of the battles they fought, with bombs bursting in air

Sometimes I wonder "why did they care?"

It must have been love and compassion for man

As they laid down their lives to save this great land

With odds stacked against them, they gallantly fought

With blood that they shed, this land they had bought **********************************************************************

Then I'm reminded of a time before this

When a child sent from God, faced a much harder test

He'd face trials and temptations, he'd face armies of men

Who would want nothing more than his life to condemn

But unlike the brave souls who shed blood for this land

He called not for soldiers behind him to stand

He stood proud alone, knowing why he was there

through agony and pain, "why did he care?"

It must have been love and compassion for man

As soldiers drove nails through his feet and his hands

But with faith in his father, to fight...He would not

With the blood that he shed, our sins he had bought


Now we stand free, as the price has been paid

As so many before us, their lives bravely gave

They fought for this land, they gave of their heart

And proudly they stood, as they each did their part

But nothing compares to the One long ago

Who was nailed to the cross, for the world his blood flowed

He poured out his love and compassion for man

And now all his children so proudly can stand

As our freedoms been granted, and the price has been paid

And someday we'll all meet in the home of the brave


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Arlington cemetary
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
World War II Memorial
World War II Memorial
The Vietnam War Memorial
The Vietnam War Memorial
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    • Howie Watts profile imageAUTHOR

      Howie Watts 

      6 years ago

      Thank you always exploring. I appreciate the comment. The heart is the best place to write from for sure :-)

      Thank you also Angela...sorry I missed your post earlier. I appreciate the awesome compliments and the shares from an amazing poet herself :-)

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh this is soo beautiful. Your poetry is heartfelt. God bless all who serve our country....Thank you Howie..

    • Howie Watts profile imageAUTHOR

      Howie Watts 

      6 years ago

      Thanks again shiningirisheyes.

      Thank you lambservant. I am finding it very pleasing to meet and share here on hubpages with so many folks who love this country, but more than that, who love the Lord :-)

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      Lori Colbo 

      6 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      I loved this Howie. Nice to find a brother, and a patriotic one to boot.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      6 years ago from Upstate, New York

      I come from a very patriotic family along with a wide group of friends. We all stand behind God and country and I have printed this out to share.

      Just great - you should be so proud. I'm proud just reading it.

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      Howie Watts 

      6 years ago

      Thank you so much shiningirisheyes :-) There is only one thing that I love more than my family and my country and that is my savior. In this poem I tried to give the proper appreciation to two of the three. I am glad you enjoyed it from one proud American to another. Now I am off to read yours :-)

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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      6 years ago from Upstate, New York

      AMAZING!!!!! Powerful. We must be thinking the same. I posted a 4th July poem and then clicked on this. It gives me patriotic goosebumps and tears in my eyes. You did well with this friend. It makes me proud to be an American when I read it.

      Bravo and thank youf or such a great heart stirring poem

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      Howie Watts 

      6 years ago

      Thank you CloudExplorer.

      Thank you Gypsy Rose Lee.

      Thank you dragonflyfla.

      It is always a joy to receive validation of your work from fellow writers such as yourself. Thank you all for the wonderful compliments and for the votes and shares. If I have not done so already, I will soon return the act of kindness. God bless.

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      6 years ago from South Florida

      I also voted you up, but beautiful instead of awesome.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Bless you this is wonderful. Passing this on.

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      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      This poem is by far the best I've read on hubpages when it comes to Rhyme scheme, and the lord knows I've read my share of poems here since I been a highly active hubber.

      I love how you ended both the poem and the imagery exactly the same, great technique of delivery, and awesome message served. Voted up and out!

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      Angela Brummer 

      6 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Wow this is great! What a logical comparison! So sad but, so loving! Absolutely fabulous! You are an amazing poet! I will share this for you on pin it, Tweet, and google+.

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      Howie Watts 

      6 years ago

      Thank you teaches and whonunuwho. I can think of none braver than he who could have called for an end to his agony but chose to endure it for all. I hope to make it to that home of the brave someday to fall on my knees and thank him face to face. In the mean time, I am proud to live in this home of the brave that we call America, and I am proud of all of those who fought and sacrificed to give me that oportunity. God Bless.

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      6 years ago from United States

      Poetry well done and a wonderful message for all. Thank you.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      This is so beautiful and touching. I love your symbolism in the phrase and how Christ represents this message.

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      Howie Watts 

      6 years ago

      Thank you cleaner3 for such beautiful words of validation.

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      6 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      this is what poetry is all about . when the words all come together like the fallen snow melting and running down the mountain to fill the streams and then make the rivers flow with life that come from the hands of our god. keeping man's faith alive with the nourish ment of praise for the one who is the highest of high. this is a beautiful write with the honor to all the souls that have given their lives for our freedom, GOD BLESS AMERICA


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