A salute to all those veterans, tried and true,
Who gave of themselves for a higher calling.
They served the grand old red, white and blue,
Many, on foreign fields of honor, falling.
A patriotic force who took on fierce responsibility.
Scared, yet steadfast, men and women,
Who on far off battlefields fought so willingly.
They left their safety and comfort behind,
To ward off foes who threatened our ways.
Their valiant efforts through history will shine,
We'll cherish their sacrifices all our days.
So God bless them all, those wonderful few,
Who defended our country on many an occasion.
The brave who stood tall when the bugles blew,
And protected our liberties against enemy invasion.
We thank them for giving their best,
To protect us as our frontline guard.
May they — our loyal brothers and sisters — rest,
In the warmth of our heartfelt love and regard.
So rest — dear ones — rest,
May God keep you ever blest.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun