Your memory will be forever honored in my heart
You understood the risk right from the start.
Giving your pledge to protect and serve,
You never once from this honor swerved.
Protecting others was your heart-felt call;
Mothers, Fathers children, you protected them all.
When that moment came, your life you freely gave,
Because of your sacrifice Old Glory still proudly waves.
May the memory of your valor live on in our hearts and lives today,
May we be forever thankful for your love of the USA.
© Teresa S. Mathews 2016