by Colan Hiatt
(Mt. Airy, NC)
I saw him walking across the street
A little humped, with a touch of grey
"Veteran," was inscribed on the cap he wore
Surviving others, - that had passed away
His steps was not as agile and brisk
As they were a few decades ago
Perhaps his vision not as clear
But the beam in his eye was still aglow
For freedom and a way of life
He had stood strong and tall
Unyielding to the enemy
When it seemed there was no hope at all
A portion of his life was spent
Apart from family and friends
When the call for duty beckoned him
Serving his country, brought dividends
For the stars and stripes many died
Others maimed and misunderstood
When they returned to society
Some were rejected, in spite of their good
They deserve our honor and respect
They deserve to be recognized
In society they deserve a special spot
Their importance should be emphasised
When we stand at attention to the flag
As it waves gently in the breeze
Let us be thankful for the veterans
And remember them, when on our knees
Colan L Hiatt = 03-18-18
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