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Richard FlRichard Fl Posts: 7,938
edited 4:52PM in EggHead Forum
This poem was written for all the veterans, it just is Vietnam specific. It was posted by Happy Hog Memorial Day '08.

To those who have served and will continue to defend freedom, we salute you.

USN '67-'71 SE Asia


By Rita J. Lammers

Men and women died in honor
In a land so far away
How do we explain the conflict
To the children of today
When they look at us with wonder
"Tell us did we win the war
All these lives are gone forever
What was all the fighting for"

Drop down on a knee and tell them
All the Vets of Vietnam
Fought this fight for others freedom
No regard for their own harm

All the names upon this wall
These people did not die in vain
For freedom’s price throughout the world
Is living on in each one’s name

Valiantly they fought the fight
In that place across the sea
Sacrificed their lives so bravely
Trying to make others free

They did not question should I go
They served with willingness and grace
To try and bring a taste of freedom
To another land and place

We know from all their sacrifice
It takes a special kind of heart
To fight and help their fellow man
To care that much and do their part

And if you do not understand
The price we pay for freedom yet
You’ll find the answer living still
Within a Vietnam War Vet

Rita J. Lammers
© 2002

Written in honor of all Vietnam Veterans


  • Richard,

    Touching. Here's one from a WWI Canadian vet.

    In Flanders fields the poppies blow
    Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
    Scarce heard amid the guns below.

    We are the Dead. Short days ago
    We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie
    In Flanders fields.

    Take up our quarrel with the foe:
    To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
    We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
    In Flanders fields.



    Caledon, ON


  • EggsakleyEggsakley Posts: 1,014
    Nice one LS.
  • JCinGAJCinGA Posts: 139
    Thank you Little Steven and RichardFl for remembering.

  • Ladies and Gentlemen...
    Tomorrow will mark the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month.
    Regardless of what you are doing. At that precise time...

    Regardless if you are American, Canadian, British, French or any other nationality that believes in Freedom and Democracy, there have been many brave men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrafice so we can have the life we live. Thousands of others are also currently defending those same ideals.
    As a father of a Veteran, that's all I ask you to do.
    A few minutes of your time. Please. Tomorrow at 11 a.m.
    Thank you.

    BTW. LS thanks for the Flander's Field poem. For those of you in the US who ask, why do Canadians were a Poppy this time of year? That's why. It's a sign of respect for those who have died for our freedom.
  • Send a letter to a serviceman or woman. There's nothing like "mail call" when you are far away from home.

    USS Frank E. Evans DD754, 1958-1962

    and HUG A SAILOR!
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