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Mutual Reverencecountry as flag
I knew where you were going
when you left for those foreign skies
Thank God you failed to notice
those waiting tears behind my eyes.

Thank God you were not with me
in my dreams to see me squirming,
watching you die a different death
each night, my guts inside churning.

I knew where you were going
having charged over that same wall
twice in and out of hell a lifetime ago
doing my humble part for the good of all.

Thank God you thought me strong,
this old man now reaching up his hand
to brush away a tear at your words
only another soldier would understand.

I knew where you were going
but now that your journey is done,
my brother-in-arms, I stand in awe,
proudly saluting how far you've come.
By Nancy L. Meek
Copyright 2004
Listed March 28, 2010
Author's Note: Inspired by the relationship between Randy and Tracy Richmond... father and son, Vietnam veteran and Desert Storm veteran, respectively.

About Author... Nancy is the proud wife of William "Billy" J. Meek, a Vietnam War Veteran, who served with the 1st Cavalry Airmobile Division, 11th Aviation Group, 228th Battalion, Co. B. Nancy's website

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