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All who went before me

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Editor’s Note: The following poem was submitted to The WilsonPost on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

By Master Sgt. KEN SMITH

We raised our hands to do our partStrong feelings all were from the heartBut on that day we did not knowWhat road or path we would go.

We pledged to back our way of lifeOur Constitution and what’s rightDefending against all of our foesWe did this well – don’t you know?

Places near and far we wentBut other places some were sentTo give it all and all they hadNo longer more – it’s too bad.

To give your life for your comradesAt times I think it’s real sadBut knowing how these men thoughtIt only mattered that they fought.

They now are with our mighty GodThough covered with earthly sodThese men would surely go againIf more calls came out for them.

Some of these men were friends of mineRemembering how their smiles did shineTo Randy, Chris and Gary, tooThe days together were too few.

To all who went before me nowI render salutes and a bowBecause of what we have todayComes from everything you gave.

 Editor’s Note. Master Sgt. Ken Smith, U.S. Army Special Forces DE Oppresso Liber, resides in Mt. Juliet.


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