American Red, White & Blue
is 19 years. He is a short
haired, tight-muscled kid who, under normal circumstances is
considered by society as half man, half boy. Not yet dry
behind the ears, not old enough to buy a beer, but old enough
to die for his country. He never really cared much for work
and he would rather re-wax his own car than wash his
father's; but he has never collected unemployment either.
He's a recent High
pursued some form of sport
drives a ten year old
And has a steady
that either broke up with
him when he left,
or swears to be waiting
when he returns from half a world away.
He listens to rock and
roll or hip-hop or rap or jazz or swing
and a 155mm howitzer.
He is 10 or 15 pounds
lighter now than when he was at home
because he is working or
fighting from before dawn to well after dusk.
He has trouble spelling,
thus letter writing is a
pain for him,
but he can field strip a
rifle in 30 seconds
and reassemble it in less
time in the dark.
He can recite to you the
nomenclature of a machine gun or grenade launcher,
and use either one
effectively if he must.
He digs foxholes and
and can apply first
aid like a professional.
He can march until he is
told to stop
or stop until he
is told to march.
He obeys orders
instantly and without hesitation,
is not without spirit or individual dignity.
he has two
sets of fatigues:
he washes one and
wears the other.
his canteens full and his feet dry.
He can cook his own
meals, mend his own clothes, and fix his own hurts.
If you're thirsty, he'll
share his water with you; if you are hungry, his food.
He'll even split his
ammunition with you in the midst of battle when you run low!
He has learned to use
his hands like weapons and weapons like they were his hands.
save your life - or take it,
because that is his job.
He will often do twice
the work of a civilian ,
half the pay
and still find ironic
humor in it all.
He has seen more
suffering and death then he should have in his short
He has stood atop
mountains of dead bodies,
helped to create them.
He has wept in public
and in private,
for friends who
have fallen in combat and is unashamed.
He feels every note of
the National Anthem vibrate through his body
while at rigid attention,
the burning desire to 'square-away'
those around him
bothered to stand, remove their hat, or even stop talking
In an odd twist, day in
and day out, far from home, he defends their right to be
Just as did his
he is paying the
price for our freedom.
or not, he is not a boy!
is the American Fighting Man
kept this country free for over 200 years.
He has asked nothing in
except our friendship
for he has
earned our respect
with his blood.
now we even have women over there in danger,
doing their part in this
tradition of going to War when our nation calls us to do so.
As you go to bed
A short lull, a little
and a picture of loved ones
in their helmets
wheel for our military... please don't break it.
email this to others, after a short prayer.
"Lord, hold our
troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect
Bless them and their
families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our
time of need. Amen."
you read this,
please stop for a
moment and say a prayer for our ground troops in
Afghanistan and Iraq, sailors on ships, and airmen in the
There is nothing
This can be very
Of all the gifts you
could give a US Soldier, Sailor, Coastguardsman, Marine
or Airman, prayer is the very best one.
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