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The Unsung Soldier

Updated on April 15, 2013

The Unsung Soldier

He enlisted in the army at the age of just nineteen
And sent across the ocean to countries yet unseen
Told to do his duty and protect the ones at home
And hold his ground undaunted by the desert or the sun

Each night he cleans his weapon and the clothes he wears
And watches the horizon, in case an enemy should appear
His thoughts drift back and forth from his family to the line
To the dangers there before him and the ones he left behind

He does not seek distinction for the service that he gives
He does this for his county and the freedom that it gives
And though some won’t understand the sacrifice he makes
He’ll still stand and defend the commitment that he made

Newspapers will portray the atrocities of war
They’ll claim it all was done to obtain the oil stores
No mention of the people who rejoice that he has come
It’s more important to report on the mothers who lost sons

So he stands up to defend the ones unable to fight back
And to hold off the insurgents when they again attack
And with his fellow comrades, he’ll stand behind his gun
Though the sacrifice he makes will sadly go unsung


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Title :: The Unsung Soldier
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      must65gt 6 years ago

      Thanks very much for the kind remarks. I think if Americans as a whole were put in the sam situation the people of those countries face daily, they might understand what we are fighting for and against. But sadly there are some who think freedom is a right and not the privelge provided to us and many others throughout the world because of sacrifice. They somehow forget...its volanteer and a choice. One I along with many Americans have offered, and many as well have died for. God Bless and thanks for reading

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      Theresa Ast 6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Strong poem. I agree with your sentiments and appreciate you expressing them. Hope to read more in the future as time allows. My life seems to revolve around the ever present piles of papers to grade. :)