the child born to mother, fed, clothed, and loved.
the boy who always played, laughed, learned, loved and cried.
the young man who went to school,
then was sent to take another life or maybe die.
the honorable man's soul who stood before gunfire, bombs, and blood,
only to find himself forgotten, alone and starved.
that broken spirit who returned home to unhappiness and
although in his misery, tried to forget, forgive, and thrive.
this hero's fractured family, his broken home, and love lost.
those victorious old men who bear the agony of good memory,
yet can say with dignity that they survived.
the lesson of freedom and always, always,
always, remember the Soldier!
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