by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942-Sep 1945

Every year about this time
I feel an urge to produce rhyme
about the flag
and all it's glory,
a never-ending story.
About the nation
born of fire,
of men who lived
with one desire:
See that all who lived
were free
as are you,
as is me.

They set aside
a special day
for which to sing,
for which to pray.
To inspire others
to take up the cause,
to forge ahead
without pause.
To carry forth
the banner brave
beneath which we
stand unafraid
of tyrants who
have cause to quake.

For we are strong
and stand for right,
we're not afraid to fight
so justice and freedom
may prevail.

Happy Fourth of July!

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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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