Standing here under the darkness of a cool night,
Feeling the mistiness of a tear in my eye,
My mind full of memories of the rage of war,
My heart full of the sadness of dying young faces,
As I think of the families whose hearts never mend.
Children’s faces under helmets of war,
Young men and women sacrificing all for the country they love,
Never seeking glory or fame,
They fight for the safety of family and friends,
And the security of the citizens whose freedoms must survive.
Those who serve now, and we who have,
Know the truth of our personal debt to our country,
For freedom is not free,
It must be earned, sacrificed for,
Those who waste the rights we have earned in blood,
Waste the honor of our country like pennies in a fountain,
But we will always remember those who gave all,
And the families who shed tears for their missing loved ones,
Because we are the true Americans and our hearts will never fail.
Michael J. Kilgus