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Monday, November 11, 2013

Tribute to All Veterans

(Note: The poem below was published in Sandpointer, newsletter of then Naval Station Puget Sound, Seattle, WA, on November 8, 1991. I was then a petty officer, third class Hospital Corpsman assigned to Naval Medical Clinic, Seattle, WA. The poem was included in the collection of my poems registered in Register of Copyrights, Library of Congress, in Washington, DC, on December 23, 1997.)

A Tribute to All Veterans

Victorious veterans
of yesterday and today
who fought for freedom, 
peace and prosperity,
life and liberty;
who served with dignity
yet, survived and succeeded
to win victory for our country,
for the whole humanity---
we're proud of you!

You served and volunteered
to protect and to defend
our nation, our Constitution,
our people, our world
with so much love,
pride and patriotism,
valor and vigilance...
and, you survived
the scars and scourges,
the atrocities and bitterness
of war---big or small---
in Vietnam and Korea,
Grenada and Panama,
in the Middle East
and other crises---
national or international.

The experiences and memories
in those battlefields,
concentration camps
and war zones,
and of our lost comrades,
our beloved ones...
they can never be forgotten
for as long as you live,
for as long as memories linger
on and on, ad infinitum
valiant veterans---
hailed and honored
revered and respected
recognized and remembered
today, always and forever!

On this very special day
a memorable Veterans Day
we salute you,
pay tribute to you,
and thank you so much,
veterans of all times,
for your courage and dedication,
for your service and devotion
to our people and our nation;
we greatly honor you---
the unsung heroes
of war and peace,
of the past and of the present;
the ideal and inspiration
of all generations
of all times!

(c) 2013 by Chris A. Quilpa

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