Saturday, Nov. 11 is Veterans Day, and my column today is in the form of a poem. In this poem, I wish to pay tribute to the men and women who have served, as well as those who are now serving in the Armed Forces of our nation. I am a veteran of the US Marine Corps and the 242nd birthday of the US Marine Corps is Nov. 10. And further, in light of the many catastrophic events (violence, floods, fire, wind and snow storms, hurricanes and mud slides, accidents and the like), I wish to salute the many first responders who give of themselves for the safety and assistance of others. And so, a special tribute to the armed forces, and to the first responders who have and are giving so valiantly in the past and in the present. We salute and pay tribute you.
Taking time to remember
Taking time to remember the fearless, those who have served and are serving with valor.
To the Armed Forces and those great first responders, we thank them with appreciative candor.
They are proud to be serving our country, the land of the brave and the free.
The land of hope, and of courage, with liberty and freedom for you and for me.
They are proud to stand for our nation, in times of terror and strife.
And to walk the road with virtuous valor, with dignity, and valuing life.
What a tribute to the many who protect us, who fearlessly respond to the call.
They serve with justice and commitment, with valiant service to the needs of us all.
They are proud to stand for our country, to serve for the things that are right.
To give of themselves and for others, and to strive with true courage and might.
They are proud to be of service to our country, it is a nation of people, who are just.
Who stand for the rights of all others, in a land of humility and trust.
They are proud to protect our country, and to stand for a cause that is right.
And to give humbly for the safety of others, and to protect sovereignty with all of their might.
We are proud to pay tribute to those serving, Armed Forces and first responders by our side.
They stand for the freedom and safety of people, with unflinching courage and virtuous pride!