Grandson's poem honors 'heroic grandpa'
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Editor, the Advocate:
My grandson Dillon is 13. He wrote the following poem as a school assignment and was asked to read it at a school assembly. The "Heroic Grandpa" is my husband, who fought in the Korean War and now battles Alzheimer's. It is not just a tribute to my husband but to all veterans who served and now struggle with health issues. It is also a great example of our children learning about the sacrifices others have made for this country.
by Dillon Montgomery
You stayed in the battle - never gave up.
Korea - a jungle of fighting
Yet you, the first to engage, the last to flee
A protector of many,
A savior of some,
An expert rifle and handgun marksman,
Yet a bearer of many scars of these labors.
A symbol of American patriotism and pride.
Now, you fight a different kind of battle.
One to keep those heroic memories.
Still, you engage, you don't back down.
You stand up for yourself,
Still a symbol of pride.
Still, a heroic man.
Mary E McCormick, Victoria