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Poem honors veterans for their service

Nov. 10, 2013 at 5:10 a.m.


Editor, the Advocate:

"A Military Heart"

by Heather Spears Kallus

A military heart is unique, it must be true;

The blood that pulses deep within is red, white and blue.

Its love is like a fire that grows when it is shared,

For complete and total strangers, they have truly cared.

All heroes past and present, at war and at peace,

My admiration for you all will never ever cease.

Veterans who went by choice or those who had been drafted,

I feel that God took extra care with certain hearts He crafted.

He had to make them strong and brave, but tender all the same,

He knit them in their mother's womb and knew them each by name.

It would take a special heart to leave loved ones behind,

To kiss and hug good-bye with Old Glory on their mind.

The countless sacrifice they made for freedoms we enjoy,

For every man, every woman, every girl, and every boy.

For those who have such passion for our great U.S. of A,

Who'll stand for life and liberty, so we can speak and pray.

If you see a warrior, please give them all our love,

For the heart that beats within them is a gift from God above.

We're thankful, oh so thankful, for that heart we have admired,

For giving so unselfishly, although it may be tired.

We'd never know of its fatigue - it's hidden way inside,

For that heart is full of love, as deep as it is wide.

On Veterans Day and all the days that come before and after,

We thank you for allowing us a life of hope and laughter.

To wake each day knowing what you must have seen and heard,

It's hard to find the thoughts to share - there isn't just one word.

What can we say? What should we say?

A debt we just cannot repay.

I think I'll just say thank you from the bottom of my heart,

I'll pray for you - thank God for you. That's certainly a start.

I'll do my best to wake each day full of gratitude;

I'll make a daily effort with a thankful attitude.

I'll live to nurture peace - I'll try to do my part,

And I'll thank the Lord everyday . for your military heart.

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