I finished this up and decided not to wait so long to post it. We’ll consider this a bonus post today. It’s called The American Soldier.
The American Soldier Copyright 2012 Chris Martin In the fading sun, you can see them standing tall The fearless men and women, unafraid to risk it all So far away, they fight even when it doesn't make sense While we sleep inside the safety of our white picket fence A father sits in silence, a wrinkled picture in his hand With each tear that slowly falls, he prays they understand They are his world, but sometimes life keeps them apart He gently touches each face, as the pain consumes his heart A mother holds her breath, smoke and chaos all around When the bomb exploded, it knocked them all to the ground An innocent boy, caught in the middle, lying broken and all alone She picks up her rifle and thinks about her son back home Each day goes by, one more closer to the end Sometimes they aren't even sure, if they will make it home again They cast aside the fear and doubt, there's no time to be afraid If duty calls for sacrifice, they will wear honor all the way to the grave A son trembles as the darkened sky flashes under the attack He knows they're counting on him, to always have their back With determination that stems from the very soul of a warrior He continues forward, step by step behind his brothers A daughter holds a young girl's hand, tries to gently calm her fears So many children wander with nowhere to go, dirty faces washed with tears She holds her close and whispers that everything will be alright Nothing will stop her from keeping the little one safe tonight Without hesitation, they leave everything behind for the cause They rush headlong into the battle, when most might stop and pause They give up the comforts of an ordinary life And lay it all down, in service, to protect our rights From wars that have come and gone, the crimson stains run deep Memories of the ones we lost, now resting in eternal sleep Their legacy lives inside the very backbone of the red, white, and blue Raise Old Glory high, everything they sacrificed was for me and you Through the history of time, men and women have always answered the call Promised to never give up, even when some of them fall They took an oath to defend the constitution against enemies of any kind But no matter what the cost, they will never leave another soldier behind When you kneel at your bed and say those prayers tonight Remember the ones, a world away, who continue to fight Fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters join together as one They carry the cry of freedom into the shadows of a fading sun
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