Posts Tagged ‘thank you for your service’

An Unknown American Hero: Revolutionary Blogging Free Verse Poem

July 29, 2016

Eighty carrier landings.
Thousands of hours of training.
Ready to deliver mushroom
clouds
if ordered.
While his friends died practicing.
He kept going.
He sacrificed.
Time.
Practice.
Patience.
Practice.
Exactness.
Practice.
Thinking.
Practice.
And more practice.
Ready
because of practice.
Willing
because of devotion.
Able
because of practice
and devotion.

Nothing happened
during those years.
Our country
never was attached.
Never saw mushrooms bloom.
Never felt the ravages of war.
Maybe because he was there?

I’ve known him
for decades,
father of friends,
born during his service,
but until today
I never knew he was
and is
an American hero.

I walked next to him,
today,
head down,
not wanted to take his deserved glory;
watched as hundreds applauded,
waved flags,
shook his hand,
said, earnestly,
“THANK YOU!”

After decades
I am able to recognize,
and salute
and say,
from my heart,
as I have so often to others:
“Thank you for your service”.

American hero: Veterans Recognition Day parade at EAA Airventure 2016

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I’ll Always Remember: Revolutionary Veterans Day ImproVerse Haiku

November 10, 2015

A friend of mine’s father held extremely high rank in the Armed Services. Once one of the most powerful men in the world, as he grows older, his influence lessens. Recently he commented “Nobody remembers who I was anymore.”
I think a lot of veterans feel that way.
I once saw a Pearl Harbor vet at a gas station in Woodinville, WA. As my kids protested, I went up to him and reached out my hand. He looked startled and a little frightened, until I said “I want to thank you for your service and sacrifice.” He started to get misty-eyed, and said softly “Thank you for remembering.” His elderly wife leaned over and said, out the open window: “Thank you for remembering. Nobody remembers anymore.”
To which I responded: “I do.”

To those men, and to all the others who served, I wrote this haiku for Veterans Day:

We may not recall/
who you were anymore, but/
we know what you did.