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Memorial Day; the Day We Honor Our Military Heroes Who Never Made It Back Home

God Bless America, Land that I Love, Stand beside her and guide her, thru the night, with a Light from above...

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Honoring those, who never made it back home


A certain debt we owe, is one we can't repay

it's owed to those who laid down their lives, if that's what it took, come what may

To the friends, the families, all of you who were left behind;

your friend, your child, your loved one, was a special kind of hero, a very rare find

It is them, who we honor, on this particular day,

those who went above and beyond, in every possible way

Nothing greater did they have to give, than the precious life they gave

How many brothers and sisters in arms; how many lives...did they save

with their unselfish service, their unselfish way

Seems so petty to just say thank you, once a year, on Memorial Day

With a vow to never forget them, we live our lives in peace and know

it's the heroes lost in battle who paid the greatest price, that make it so

With a grateful heart to all those who serve; thank you, thank you, for answering the call...

but, the 4th Monday in May is set aside to honor, those who answered and ultimately...gave all!



AB Williams




Some Gave All

© 2018 A B Williams

Comments

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on May 06, 2020:

Amen.

Yes it does! :)

Shannon Henry from Texas on May 06, 2020:

Wow! Time flies when you have fun with friends.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on May 06, 2020:

....and now another year has gone by Shannon, wow, time passes so quickly!

I've added a couple of videos.

P.S. - "they love me"...okay?! ;)

Shannon Henry from Texas on May 24, 2019:

Hey, look, you made it to LetterPile! Congrats! They do love you. LOL

Wow, was it really almost a year ago we had this funny conversation? By the way, I still like listening to "Some Gave All." ....And "Achy Breaky Heart" may be dumb, but there are SOOOO many from this last decade that fit right in with it. "Red Solo Cup", just to name one, or that stupid Blake Shelton song I mentioned before.

Anyway, still enjoy reading your poem too!!!

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on May 24, 2019:

Never forget, ever honor!

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on May 24, 2019:

https://www.facebook.com/NorthGeorgiaVapor/videos/...

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on June 05, 2018:

Okay I think I have all of that out of my system now.

Thank you Veterans every day, thank you!!

Shannon Henry from Texas on June 05, 2018:

. Maybe so! LOL

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on June 05, 2018:

shanmarie, check out 'Murder on Music Row', I'm pretty sure 'Achy Breaky' instigated this one!

:)

https://youtu.be/NK1Vrur_ewM

Shannon Henry from Texas on June 05, 2018:

Y'all crack me up! He has some pretty good songs. I was a dumb teenager in high school and I actually kind of liked the song. It's the song that introduced me to his music. Actually, that album title is Some Gave All. Now, I definitely prefer some of his other songs...If we're strictly talking Billy Ray, that is. But, hey, country music is full of stupid and/or hilarious songs just as much as the ballads that stand the test of time.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on June 05, 2018:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqOaOwIeP58

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on June 05, 2018:

LOL Tim...I guess Billy Ray invented twerking!

That song, 'Achy Breaky' is SOOOO bad and is not Country music by any stretch of the imagination.

But, I do love 'Some Gave All'.

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on June 05, 2018:

Now, everyone twerks like a cruise missile gone off course. or maybe not. (lol)

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on June 05, 2018:

Thanks shanmarie, now I remember....the song 'Some Gave All' was Billy Ray's redemption song for 'Achy Breaky Heart'! :)

Shannon Henry from Texas on June 05, 2018:

Billy Ray Cyrus sings it. It's off his very first album, I believe. I think the one with "Achy Breaky Heart." I was in high school, but my aunt was a big fan. LOL.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on June 05, 2018:

Yes, it is a great song, I just cannot recall who performs it....

??

Leland Johnson from Midland MI on June 04, 2018:

Nice job AB. Just seeing this now. Isn't there a song, "all gave some, some gave all?"

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on May 27, 2018:

Gosh I don't know about that, but thank you...once again.

If it is on my heart or in my head, I will be writing about it!

Enjoy the rest of this long, very special weekend.

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on May 27, 2018:

They didn't raise us any other way, my friend. God bless America. And may He keep you in the palm of His Hands, dear friend in Florida.

Enjoy your holiday. I have more of your wonderful writing to catch up on.

I call it: educational, inspirational, and insightful reading.

Sincerely,

Tim

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on May 27, 2018:

Thanks Tim.

I know that you and your wife must be very proud of them, as you should!

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on May 27, 2018:

Thank you, Abwilliams from my dad and my wife's dad, both military men who have gone home. (My wife's dad is probably sailing some ship and mine is probably flying around pretending his wings are airplanes.)

Great gift of language and great poem.

Appropriate and heartfelt.

I thank you sincerely.

Tim

breakfastpop on May 25, 2018:

Amen...

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on May 24, 2018:

Well now that sounds exciting!

Shannon Henry from Texas on May 24, 2018:

Aw, thanks. I'm working on something kinda fun. I'll post soon. :)

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on May 24, 2018:

Thank you shanmarie.

I've missed you, hope all is well!

Shannon Henry from Texas on May 24, 2018:

So nicely penned! I don't know what else to say because you said it all so well and I already said that, too. LOL.