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the Veteran


It is
the  VETERAN, 
 not the preacher, 
 who has given us freedom of religion. 

It is 
 not the reporter
  who has given us freedom of the press.

It is 

 not the poet
who has given us freedom of speech.

It is 
not the campus organizer
who has given us freedom to assemble. 

It is 
 not the lawyer
who has given us the right to a fair trial.


It is 
 not the politician, 
Who has given us the right to vote. 


American Flag


It is

who salutes the Flag, 

Veteran Standing for Flag Review


It is
who serves under the Flag !
To keep you Free

"All Gave Some, Some Gave All"

Military Burial




Marine Corp Emblem

The Soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
Just as brightly as his brass.
'Step forward now,Soldier,
How shall I deal with you?

Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?'
The soldier squared his shoulders and said
'No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns,
 Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
 And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep..
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear..
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
 Except to calm their fears

If you've a place for me here, Lord
It needn't be so grand
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand

There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the Soldier waited quietly,
 For the judgment of his God.

'Step forward now, you Soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell.'
~Author Unknown~

 It's the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us the freedom of the press. 
It's the Soldier, not the poet,
Who has given us the freedom of speech. 
It's the Soldier, not the politicians That ensures our right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness..

It's the Soldier who salutes the flag, 

Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag.



Eternal Father, Strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bid'st the mighty Ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
O hear us when we cry to thee,
for those in peril on the sea.

O Christ! Whose voice the waters heard
And hushed their raging at Thy word,
Who walked'st on the foaming deep,
and calm amidst its rage didst sleep;
Oh hear us when we cry to Thee
For those in peril on the sea!

Most Holy spirit! Who didst brood
Upon the chaos dark and rude,
And bid its angry tumult cease,
And give, for wild confusion, peace;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee
For those in peril on the sea!

O Trinity of love and power!
Our brethren shield in danger's hour;
From rock and tempest, fire and foe,
Protect them wheresoe'er they go;
Thus evermore shall rise to Thee,
Glad hymns of praise from land and sea.


The Marines’ Hymn

From the Halls of Montezuma
To the shores of Tripoli
We fight our country's battles
In the air, on land, and sea.
First to fight for right and freedom
And to keep our honor clean;
We are proud to claim the title
Of United States Marine.

Our flag's unfurled to every breeze
From dawn to setting sun;
We have fought in every clime and place
Where we could take a gun.
In the snow of far-off Northern lands
And in sunny tropic scenes;
You will find us always on the job--
The United States Marines.

Here's health to you and to our Corps
Which we are proud to serve;
In many a strife we've fought for life
And never lost our nerve.
If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven's scenes,
They will find the streets are guarded
By United States Marines.


United States Army Hymn

God of our fathers

God of our fathers, whose almighty hand
Leads forth in beauty all the starry band
Of shining worlds in splendor through the skies
Our grateful songs before Thy throne arise.

Thy love divine hath led us in the past,
In this free land by Thee our lot is cast,
Be Thou our Ruler, Guardian, Guide and Stay,
Thy Word our law, Thy paths our chosen way.

From war’s alarms, from deadly pestilence,
Be Thy strong arm our ever sure defense;
Thy true religion in our hearts increase,
Thy bounteous goodness nourish us in peace.

Refresh Thy people on their toilsome way,
Lead us from night to never ending day;
Fill all our lives with love and grace divine,
And glory, laud, and praise be ever Thine.


United States Coast Guard

From North and South and East and West
The Coast Guard's in the fight.
Destroying subs and landing troops,
The Axis feels our might.
For we're the first invaders
On every fighting field
Afloat, ashore, on men and Spars
You'll find the Coast Guard Shield

We're always ready for the call
We place our trust in Thee.
Through howling gale and shot and shell,
To win our victory.
"Semper Paratus" is our guide
Our pledge, our motto too.
We're "Always Ready," do or die!
Aye! Coast Guard, we fight for you.


United States Air Force

Off we go ~ into the wild blue yonder,
Climbing HIGH, into the sun
Here they come zooming to meet our thunder,
At 'em boys, give 'em the gun!
Down we dive, spouting our flame from under,
Off with one Hell-uv-a roar!
We'll live in fame, or go down in flame,
Nothing can stop the U.S. Air Force!

Minds of men fashioned a crate of thunder,
Set it HIGH into the blue;
Hands of men blasted the world asunder,
How they lived God only knew.
Souls of men dreaming of skies to conquer
Gave us wing ever to soar!
With scouts before and bombers galore,
Nothing can stop the U.S. Air Force!

There's a toast to the host
of those who love the vastness of the sky,
To a friend we send the message of his brother, men who fly
We drink to those who gave their all of old,
Then down we roar to score the rainbow's pot of gold.
A toast to the host of men we boast,
The U.S. Air Force.

Off we go into the wild sky yonder,
Keep the wings level and true,
If you've lived to be a gray-haired wonder,
Keep the nose out of the blue!
Flying men, guarding our nations borders,
We'll be there, followed by more.
In echelon we carry on!
Nothing'll stop the U.S. Air Force!

Note: I would like to thank who ever created this Tribute, as I am unable to acknowledge them by name. I added the Military Hymns for the different branches for everyone to read and enjoy. Any comments can be directed to me (Bill Wood) at wwoodsr@rcn.com. Thank You!