Fire in your blood, wanting to serve
ripped from your surroundings and thrust into battle
you surprise yourself that you even have the nerve
never knowing when you will hear your own death rattle
many return home, whole in body, dead in spirit
some return in a box, while families mourn
some wanting to return, others not wanting to go near it
joy abounds in many homes, while others' hearts are torn
everyone's life is changed, when a soldier fights our wars
we are free to live as we choose because someone was brave
they went into battle, brave to their cores
but in the end, bravery wasn't enough, and their lives they gave
so i thank you, soldier, those dead and alive
for going forth to defend our freedom and homeland
your bravery has kept me from having to deprive
my children of a life worthy of them taking their own stand.
to those who survived, may peace follow you throughout the rest of your life
to the families of those who did not survive, may peace find its way into your hearts
but most of all......THANK YOU.
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