A Soldier's Story
I was young when my country said,
'Uncle Sam Wants You!'
Being patriotic and proud,
There was only one thing to do.
I was told that my country needed me
and I never questioned 'Why?'
I just signed on the dotted line
and kissed my family goodbye.
I went into training and learned
how to kill the enemy.
Preparing for the time to go
to a country across the sea.
The day finally came when
it was time for me to leave.
To help another country fight for freedom,
was what I was led to believe.
So I went into battle and fought
to help set another country free.
Killing, bombing and rifle fire
was all around me.
Days turned into weeks,
and weeks seemed like years,
as I saw many young soldiers die
and wiped away my tears.
As I held one young soldier
and he said one last goodbye,
I wondered how many more
would have to fight and die.
I wondered who would tell
this young soldier's family,
that he died a hero giving his life,
taking a bullet for me.
When the battle ended
and I made it through somehow.
I remembered that young soldier,
and made a solemn vow.
I vowed to tell all who would listen
how one hero answered his Country's call.
So that maybe young soldiers never have to again,
become just names upon a wall.
Written by Debby Peare