DO YOU CRY?

DO YOU CRY…

When you see Veterans, both young and strong and old and feeble, marching behind the colors?

When you see them stand at attention, saluting our flag?

When you hear the National Anthem, It’s A Grand Old Flag, God Bless America?

"I pledge allegience to the flag..."

“I pledge allegience…”

How about when you hear the Military Branch Songs…

ARMY!

“Over hill, over dale, as we hit the dusty trail….”

NAVY!

“Anchors aweigh, my boys, anchors aweigh…”

MARINES!

“From the halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Triploi…..”

AIR FORCE!

“Off we go, into the wild blue yonder, flying high into the sun….”

COAST GUARD!

“Here’s the Coast Guard Marching Song, we sing on land or sea….”

I do.

Tonight was the Veterans Day program for my son’s school, the Wallenpaupack North Intermediate School.  My heart was bursting with patriotic emotion – pride for the veterans who attended, sorrow for the ones who could not, because they were killed in the line of duty, or have been a POW.

You could hear nothing but the rhythmic steps of the Veterans as they marched together into the gymnasium.  You could hear a pin drop as they placed a ceremonial wreath before us, to honor those who have fallen.  I could not keep the tears from escaping as the mournful sound of Taps echoed throughout the room.

I could not sing with the audience as we ended the program with God Bless America – but my heart was singing:

GOD BLESS OUR VETERANS.

Thank you for all you have done, for all you have sacrificed, for all you are doing.  You are loved and appreciated.

veteranmemorial

Vietnam Memorial Photo courtesy of hookbrother, Child with Flag courtesy of Jeff Turner, via Flickr Creative Commons.

This post originally appeared on my ActiveRain blog.

wizzy

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