by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942–Sep 1945

July brings us
many things
besides a torrid sun:
A chance to shoot
a rocket or
maybe fire a gun.

The most important
lest we forget
is to salute
the flag.

Old glory 
stands on high
waving in the breeze:
Around her
shines a glory light
standing for liberty.

We take a day
to give her for
all that she has done:
We parade before
her proudly from
sun to setting sun.

There is no greater,
grander flag that
any nation flies
than the one
that is America,
let not freedom die!

So fire off all your rockets!
Color up the skies!
Keep the sights
of freedom before
your grateful eyes.

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

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