Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Courage

Red. What a wonderful color. It can symbolize so many things. You can see red if you're angry. It frequently means danger of some kind, often deadly. Red can stand for strength or courage, an incredible sunrise or sunset or simply a color, warm and inviting. Today, it makes me think of our servicemen and women, who frequently shed their blood in the service of our country, protecting the freedom and life we hold dear. So I dedicate this effort to them and to my Dad. My father was a member of the Army/Air force (before the Air force was a separate entity). He worked hard with both the American Legion and the VFW,getting as far as SR Vice Commander with the VFW, as well as being "Seam Squirrel" for the Cooties, who were responsible for bringing a little good to those of the Armed Forces in the hospital. He also was a proud member of the Oxford Color Guard, who stood for our nation at the funerals of those who have been a part of the military. Our family worked together to put out the VFW Post newsletter for many years. If any man's blood ran red, white and blue, it was surely his.


All For One

They stand at the front lines,
Holding back
The enemy who would take
From us what they lack.
To keep our lives and freedom,
They risk theirs every day.
For God and country,
Those at work and at play.
I therefore state,
And you know that it's true,
The blood of our servicemen
Runs red, white and blue.

The enemy dares
To attack us here
With planes and death.
They should shake in fear.
For we immediately send
Our finest and best
Women and men.
When put to the test
They will show what we already knew.
That the blood of our servicemen
Runs red, white and blue.

Marines hit the beaches
Or land where they may.
Landing in secret
Or with guns blazing away.
Each yard of ground gained
Makes it easier for
The ones coming behind them.
Though vision be poor
Or sharp as a knife,
Under hot blazing sun
Or the dark of the night.
It is true that they are
A relentless crew.
The blood of our marines
Runs red, white and blue.

The army has long
Been the backbone of
The troops that we send
Far from ones that they love.
They take incredible risks
To advance our cause.
Even though bombs and guns
May make them pause.
They fight ever onward,
A valiant crew.
The blood of our soldiers
Runs red, white and blue.

The navy does fight
Both above and below
The oceans and seas.
The captains know where to go
To find the enemy.
Their courses to slow.
They fight ship to ship
And from sea to land.
From the ocean to sky
Missiles leave blazing brands.
According to all
That we hold true,
The blood of our sailors
Run red, white and blue.

Now to the air force
We surely must fly.
It is their job
To protect from the sky.
With dogfights and bombing runs
They work hard to defend
The American dream.
From beginning to end
Of their flight it is sure
They'll fight their hardest
To keep all secure.
The pilots and ground crews,
We know through and through
The blood of our air force
Runs red, white and blue.

We must also not forget
Our medical crews,
The doctors and nurses
And corpsmen too.
They work hard to repair
The damage done to our troops.
Often under fire themselves,
Jumping through hoops
To maintain a balance
Between life and death.
And that is proof positive
That in their veins too
Blood runs with the colors
Of red,white and blue.

16 comments:

  1. Hey the blood of Britain's airforce runs the same colours too! :)

    What a worthy dedication. Nice angel here.

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  2. Very nice...and thanks to our military!

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  3. Aaahhh very good...and always, a GOOD reminder to each of us.

    LOVE RED!

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  4. AS one who served in the Navy and Army, I thank you, Dreamhaven. That was wonderful!

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  5. a great and unique take on the theme for today...god bless all those that serve. wonderfully done!

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  6. Indeed, it's good to remember what they're up to and for no particular reason, on no particular high day or holiday. Let's hope few sustain that red badge of courage.

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  7. My father was a member of the Army/Airforce (before the Airforce was a separate entity). He worked hard with both the American Legion and the VFW,getting as far as SR Vice Commander with the VFW, as well as being "Seam Squirrel" for the Cooties, who were responsible for bringing a little good to those of the Armed Forces in the hospital. Our family worked together to put out the VFW Post newsletter for many years. If any man's blood ran red, white and blue, it was surely his.

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  8. Thanks God for the men & women who fight for us!

    --Terrace Crawford
    www.terracecrawford.com
    www.twitter.com/terracecrawford

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  9. Love that you covered all of the bases! I think that sometimes we forget that it is a team effort.

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  10. What a beautiful dedication on the Red Theme.

    Betty Ann aka Ms. Hen

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  11. That is just lovely. My father was also Army Air Corp, later a Lt. Col in the USAF. His favorite poem about the air force was "High Flight" by John Gillespie Magee Jr, a pilot who died in WWII. Another favorite poet of his was Rupert Brooke who, according to Wikipedia, inspired Magee. If you are unfamiliar with either, please read some of their beautiful work.

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  12. great poem. a lovely tribute to those in the military

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  13. thanks for the invite back...I enjoyed reading it again today! You really have a talent for writing. :) Enjoyed reading about your dad, too.

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