by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan1942-Sep 1945

This day is a special one
more special than the rest,
it gives us time to realize
how much we are blessed.
I have served beneath it
as have most of you,
we carried it to victory
under skies not always blue.

It has flown above the fury
of battles land and sea,
it stands on every mountaintop
for all the world to see.
It has flown at every meeting
where peace was thought to be,
it flew above memorials
and has covered the deceased.
It leads parades and commendations
that tells of bravery,
it tells the world
just what we mean
by peace and liberty.

Let no man put asunder
what many have achieved,
we seek only peace and love,
no more and no less.
We have dared to take the field
to bring about this cause
to bring freedom
to the world,
let there be no pause.

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The author: Robert Lin Cook served with Reg. Weapons Co. (2d-2d) from 1942-44, at Guadalcanal and Tarawa during a 33-month overseas tour.

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