Veteran’s Day Salute

I was born an Army brat, though that phase of my life passed while I was too young to know or remember it. When I was married, my husband was in the United States Air Force. He completed that service and years later became an Army chaplain. So I spent many happy years as a proud military wife. Later I became a Marine mom when my son served in the United States Marine Corps. So today I salute all our men and women who are serving or have served our country. I cherish the freedom that is mine because of their service.

In honor of Veteran’s Day, here is one of my family’s American stories:

An American Story

Her whole life long
The story was told
Brother gone to serve
Left landlocked Kentucky
For island Hawaii

Tragedy struck
America was under attack
Long days of waiting
Finally the news
Brother safe-
A weekend pass
Spared his life

Still so sad
Many lives lost

Her whole life long
The island held allure
She longed to go
See for herself
The sacred watery grave
Brother escaped

In her seventh decade
At last she went
She walked across the bridge
Stood on the deck
Looking up to pray
She saw the flag wave
Snapped her camera

Her whole life long
That flag will wave
Framed in her home
A constant reminder
Of the price paid
And the brother saved
Both for America the free

Diane Anderson December 2012

Note: This was my mom’s story. She passed away this year. Now that flag will wave in my house.

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11 Responses to Veteran’s Day Salute

  1. Susie says:

    What a beautifully written SOL! And what a legacy.

  2. Dana Murphy says:

    Oooh, this gave me the chills! What a beautiful poem, and what a touching story. God bless your brother.

  3. wow…beautiful poem, wonderful ending…the flag, the day to honor of men and women in the military…may we always remember!
    Have you ever read a Year Down Yonder? There is such a memorable chapter about celebrating Armistice Day. I’m going to re-read that part, again to celebrate. xo

  4. RobinLK says:

    What a beautiful tribute. I especially liked the ending, with the personal note about you mom and how the flag now waves in your home. God bless your family and you, for always staying strong for them. Thank you for visiting my blog today, too. I’m so happy to find fellow teachers, blogging.

  5. Tara Smith says:

    Beautiful poem and slice – just perfect to mark this day.

  6. Jaana says:

    Beautiful tribute for today!

  7. arjeha says:

    A perfect post for today. A beautiful tribute.

  8. elsie says:

    What a story the poem tells! Perfect tribute for today or any day.

  9. Judy C. says:

    Your Mother’s words are so appropriate today as we celebrate Veteran’s Day. They are a wonderful tribute and tell a remarkable story. Thank you for sharing.

  10. I had tears in my eyes as I read this poem. I love that your mum got to visit a place so significant in her life. “She saw the flag wave. Snapped her camera.” This was just a picture in my mind. Thank you for your lovely post and the sacrifice your family has made for not only Americans but Australians too. We are all free together. 🙂

  11. franmcveigh says:

    Tears, Diane!
    I took my mother and mother-in-law to my son’s graduation from basic training. Neither had been on an Army post since their husbands were in service five plus decades earlier. What an interesting adventure for all of us!

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