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Thursday, November 11, 2010



Veterans Day means a lot to me.
It honors the brave men in our family.
Who left their homes to fight in wars,
Or flew overseas to do peacekeeping chores.

My husband fought in a faraway land.
He was a Seabee and worked with his hands,
Building and defending for Uncle Sam
In a hot jungle place they call Viet Nam.

My son served in the mid-east strife,
As a parent I greatly feared for his life,
But he came home, proud and strong,
A Marine loves his country his whole life long.

I pray that my grandsons will not have to fight,
And risk their lives to do what is right,
But if the time comes for them to go,
They’ll serve proudly, this much I know.

Many women have served their country dear,
Whether fighting abroad, or staying near
To keep those home fires burning day and night,
And praying for those involved in the fight.

So to all of you Veterans far and wide,
I offer you thanks for being on our side.
And wishing you joy and good wishes as I say,
Please have a peaceful happy Veterans’ Day.

Dixie Barnes


  1. “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.”
    JESUS (John 15:13 nasb)
    Each one of your loved ones has shown the greatest love in his offer to lay down his life. I live in freedom each day because of the gift given by your loved ones and many others. I do not take it for granted. I am thankful.
    Thank you for honoring them through your heartfelt words in poem.

  2. This is lovely Nurse B. I lost a very special cousin to the Iraq war. He was only 19 and the first baby I ever held in my arms. Your poem reminds me of the beliefs he held that led him to enlist before his 18th Birthday. He wanted to protect his family and his country. Thanks for this tribute. --Von from the forest


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