Thank You, My Veteran
I know you were scared
But you would not let it show.
Far from home and comfort
Marching to and fro.
Feeling like no one cared a bit,
That your chances here were slim
Holding on to God’s own hand
Ev’n when you could not feel Him.
Prayers from home surrounded you
Each day, each night, each hour
Prayers from home sent lovingly
Answered by God’s power.
On the worst days, things were really bad
On the good days they were worse
You went to war a little boy
Now a man who loves to curse!
Injuries no one can see
That only you can feel
Memories that haunt your dreams
Heart made out of steel.
Your gentle touch and soft low voice
Hide power and great hurt
You faced the dragons of the war
Came back to kick the dirt.
We waited for you desperately
We held our breath and prayed
We longed to see your smile again
While on our knees we stayed.
Time of service never ends
Your mind plays tricks of fate
The years of change keep coming on
Yet still you bear a heavy weight.
The stories you couldn’t tell us once
Now come up with a smirk
A man you are, beyond your years
Where once a boy did lurk.
Thank you, for the weight you’ve carried, sir
Though these words may make you nervous
Thank you is never enough, but still –
We thank you for your service.