was the Veteran, not the reporter, who has given us
freedom of the press. It was the Veteran, not
the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.
It was the Veteran, not the lawyer, who has given us
the right to a fair trial. It was the Veteran,
not the campus organizer, who has given us the right
It is the Veteran who salutes the flag, Who served
under the flag, Whose coffin is draped by the flag,
who allows the protester to burn the flag.
Father Dennis O'Brien, USMC
a bond between Veterans, that can't be described
unless you looked into death and returned. It's the
pride of defending your homeland, it's an honor, so
valiantly earned. There's a brotherhood cementing
Soldiers. Adding strength to the stories they tell. It's the footprints where angels resisted, It's the
courageous survival of Hell. There's a feeling, a
heartbeat, a spirit, that no coward could ever
inspire. Because without having walked in the boots
of your home, you can't know what it's like under
fire. When an instance is all that divides you, '
from living and giving it all, it's the hero that
stands, without question, it's the Veterans who have
taken the fall. It's the loyalty, this love of
Country that carries us into harm's way. It's
devotion, unbending, unending, that the Veterans
defend, every day.
"You look at me with hostility, saying that I am to
blame, for embarrassing the nation, and bringing it
to shame, yet you sat at home and popped your pills,
loving freely, at your will, while we defended those
freedoms on some distant bloody hill. We only did
the duty, that our Country asked we do. We only did
what we were told, with thoughts it was for you. We
held this Country in our hearts. As we watched our
Brothers die, we vowed our dedication, and we held
our heads up high. But you forget who gave their
blood, so you could speak your mind. And you forget,
the families, we were asked to leave behind, who
were also those we battled for, we cherished, in our
chore. So tell me now, tell them, indeed, Who harmed
our Country more?"
Written by an anonymous Vietnam vet.