Veterans Day

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Thank you is not enough
for the sacrifice you made,
leaving behind those you love
although they wished you stayed.

You traveled on to foreign lands
expectations were unclear,
knowing with only heart and soul
you would protect what is dear.

Family, friends, and neighbors
shielding those you love,
understanding that one’s freedom
should surely rise above

The politics of hatred,
poverty and greed
recognizing love
should be the only creed.

As a result of dedication
lives are forever changed,
coming home to the land you love
feeling somewhat estranged.

Striving to leave behind you
sights you prefer unseen,
others not understanding
the heart which feels unclean.

Let us unite in making
the service person whole,
striving together to heal
the many wounded souls.

DCL 11/11/15 ©

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