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A CALL TO SERVE 

By: June Horwath  8/10/01
Battle Creek, Michigan

When our country sent the needed call
You left without hesitation
With dreams on hold, you put down your books
To serve and defend our nation.

No way to know what lies ahead
Your life full of questions and fear
Yet so willingly you gave up your cap and gown
In exchange for combat gear.

Fighting to defend the land that you love
To keep it the land of the free
Doing your best, giving your all
Whatever the cost may be.

 Now the schools say you lack the credits
A remark I donít understand
For wasnít it you who gave up school
To fight for the great land?

 And didnít you study a map of the land
See a population torn apart by fear
Study climate, elevation, plus land devastation
But Geography is what itís called here.

 Math was needed to calculate Navy gunfire range
To help the Army with global position
By Marines in the Pacific Air Corps with planes in the air
Wasnít math used by soldiers everywhere?

 Biology is a study of all living things
You fought for your life everyday
But war not only defended oneís life
It could also take it away.

 You cried, ďOh, God, please bring us peace!Ē
As compassion filled your eyes
You prayed for the family he left behind
And held him as he died.

Books could never tell of the personal hell
Or the things that you went through
What would History read today, can we ever repay
The HEROES OF WORLD WAR II?

 

NOTE:  This poem was written in support of Operation Recognition, a program currently in operation in half of the 50 United States in which World War II veterans who left high school to serve in defense of freedom are returned to their high schools to receive diplomas and be added to the roll with other members of their class that graduated in the year they'd have graduated if not for their service.


Gardner (MA) High School Diploma Ceremony May 20, 1999 WW II Graduates

For More Information on Operation Recognition contact or to learn how to get this program operational in YOUR state, contact:

Robert C. McKean
102 Eastwood Circle - Gardner, MA  01440

  

 
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