by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942-Sep 1945

I stood upon the curb that day
and watched the vets on parade, 
I should have been among them
there head held high
 with pride.

They were a varied group,
some with hair that 
was all gray and
some that walked with
measured stride,
cane carried at their side.

Some wore their medals
above their hearts,
some with ribbons
that showed the parts
they played in battles
long wrote in books
of history.

Those who stood and watched
felt pride in those who walked
the roads before us
and knew that men
of such caliber were
hard to find these days.
We fought a war
with tooth and nail
technology did not prevail
'twas them or us
with blood and guts
as is oft said.

Those of you
who civvies wore
when men like these
were off to war,
reflect upon the
deeds they did
and be thankful
that you have
a tomorrow filled
with freedom.

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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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