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A Tribute to Veterans
by Jerry Calow



Note to Clyde Boswell and all Veterans:

I want to thank you for what you and many others have given of yourself to this country. I wrote this song (and others) so that all of our Veterans don't go unsung for their sacrifices. I think the words speak for themselves. And I hope one day soon the whole country will hear these words and understand that far too many things are taken for granted and that there is always a price to be paid.







A Tribute To Veterans

In Vietnam, Korea and World Wars past
Our soldiers fought bravely so freedom would last
Conditions were not always best they could be
Fighting a foe they could not always see

From mountain highs to valley lows
From jungle drops to desert patrols

Our sinewy youth were sent overseas
Far from their families and far from their dreams
They never wrote letters of hardships, despair
Only of love, yearning that one day soon

They would come home, they would resume
And carry on with the rest of their lives

The P.O.W.’s stood steadfast
Against the indignities and cruelties of war
They could not have lasted as long as they did
If they had relinquished their hope that some day

They would come home, they would resume
And carry on with the rest of their lives

Medics, nurses, and chaplains alike
Did what they needed to bring back life
They served our Forces from day into night
Not questioning if they would survive

They mended bones and bodies too
They soothed the spirits of dying souls

And for those M.I.A.’s who were left behind
We echo this message across the seas
We will search for as long as it takes
You’re not forgotten, and will always be

In our hearts, in our prayers
In our minds for all time

A moment of silence, a moment of summons
Is their deliverance of body and soul
To a sacred place that we all know
Deep in the shrines of our soul

In our hearts, in our prayers
In our minds for all time

INTERLUDE:
GOLD STAR MOTHERS GRIEVE: ENDLESSLY,
ENDLESSLY, ENDLESSLY . . .


These immortal soldiers whose bravery abounds
They’re our heroes, our daughters and sons
They enlisted for the duty at hand
To serve the cause of country and land

They had honor, they had valor
They found glory -- that changed them forever

Standing tall and proud, they'll be
A country behind them in a solemn sea
So let the flags of freedom fly
Unfurled in their majesty high

In the sun, in the rain
In the winds across this land

Years of tears have brought us here
Gathering around to hear this sound
So let the flags of freedom fly
Unfurled in their majesty high

In the sun, in the rain
In the winds across this land

In the sun, in the rain
In the winds across this land






JERRY CALOW WRITES:
It would be an honor for me if you publish my lyrics at USADEEPSOUTH, because once on paper these lyrics take on their own life/purpose -- one, I hope, of healing and perpetual remembrance of those who have served our country so faithfully and completely.

I really don't have a lot to say about myself except that 30 some years ago I was up to be drafted for the war in Vietnam, as were many other young men, but I drew a high draft lottery number and didn't have to go. Today however as a husband and the father of three grown children, I feel I have a debt to pay for those who did go -- and so I honor them to the best of my ability as a late-coming songwriter who was awakened by the 9/11 attack on our nation. I pray the lyrics and musical rendition (to follow in the near future) can do some good, even if the song only touches one soul. Then I am blessed.

Write Jerry


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Here are two more moving stories about the Vietnam War:
The Healing: Visiting the Vietnam Memorial by Clyde Boswell
Kathy Boswell Nichols - Donut Dolly: Vietnam tapes bring back war memories by Beth Boswell Jacks


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