Monday, May 29, 2006

Always Remember!

I watched the flag pass by one day, It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it, And then he stood at ease..
I looked at him in uniform So young, so tall, so proud,
With hair cut square and eyes alert He'd stand out in any crowd.

I thought how many men like him Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil?
How many mothers' tears?
How many pilots' planes shot down?
How many died at sea?
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?
No, freedom isn't free.

I heard the sound of Taps one night, when everything was still,
I listened to the bugler play and felt a sudden chill.
I wondered just how many times that Taps had meant "Amen,"
When a flag had draped a coffin. Of a brother or a friend.

I thought of all the children, of the mothers and the wives,
of fathers, sons and husbands with interrupted lives.
I think about the disabled men & women,
whose lives have been forever changed.
No, freedom isn't free.

Enjoy Your Freedom & God Bless Our Troops!


paris parfait said...

Such a poignant reminder of how lucky we are, when so many other suffer! Thank you for sharing this lovely piece.

abhay k said...

Hi Tammy,
This one creates vivid pictures of a marine, war, death, ceremony, burial, pride...Thanks for sharing it...
I am looking forward for more from you..
best wishes!

Eastern Paranormal said...

As a military mom this is a great post.