A Tribute to Our World War II Veterans


For Us They Served

They stand tall at the playing of the National Anthem.
With hands on their hearts, they say a silent prayer.
They are the survivors. The ones that made it back home.
They lost friends in that place and time over there.

They held the hands of their fallen comrades in battle.
Through the line of fire, they carried them on their backs.
They succumbed to things we would never imagine,
With courage, honor, and their commitment intact.

They hold within the memories of their days in battle.
They remember the day they made it back home.
Their scars are not only on the surface, but also beneath.
Lines of age portray a wisdom, many may never know.

Donít be surprised to see their tears fall, at the raising of our flag.
Through battlefield or not, they know the sacrifice it takes.
We could learn from their loyalty to country and comrades.
If we all had this unity, what a difference we could make.

I wish I could shake the hand, of each one across this land,
And thank them for the sacrifices they made.
Many of our veterans are aging, and wonít be here
To celebrate many more Veteransí Days.

From World II to Vietnam, and all battles to this day,
How you feel about war, has no relevance on the fact,
Our Veterans courageously served when called.
It is our duty to never forget, or to turn our backs.


Our World War II Veterans will not be here many more years.
They have seen enormous changes in this world and the military in their lifetime.
We can all learn from their experiences.

Therefore, the next time you see a World War II Veteran, extend your hand for me.
Please let them know that this handshake is from a proud American, CT.


                    CT Dawson

                    November 10, 2002
                    Copyright 2002





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