I am a soldier. My blood permeates the soil of many countries.
I have gasped my last breath on many a desolate stretch of
beach. For you…all of you, the children who play in the parks, the
mothers who watch over them,
the fathers who struggle to sustain them.
There are those here who have belittled and reviled me, who have made
a mockery of me and what I stand for. You, also, have I suffered and
died for. I withstood heat, insects and disease so the right to
dissent would be yours.
I endured the pain and terror of battle and the maiming of my body to
ensure that you might worship as you please. I died in agony in order
that you, no matter who or what you are, have the freedom to choose
your own destinies.
AND I WOULD DO IT AGAIN. Because I believe in the ideals that made
this country what it is today… FREE. I love her with a deep and
abiding love that transcends mere physical pain.
I AM A SOLDIER. Pray that I will always be there, for if I
disappear from this country, so will you.