THE COUNTRY THEY DEFENDED

THE COUNTRY THEY DEFENDED

Some gave their last in foxholes - An expensive price to pay; But their names engraved in stone, In mem'ry stand this day. (In the country THEY defended) Some had passed in anger And many died in fear - But each had given what he had - Although his end seemed near. (For the country THEY defended) And others went to sea - Afloat, beneath, above; They steamed, and dived, and flew In a final gift of love (To the country THEY defended) The enemy that they fought then Was bold for all to see - And each was there to fight back hard To keep those ideals free (Of the country THEY defended) And there were those who stayed at home, Too young to know, or care, And some were raised in ignorance Of the purpose "Over There" (Of the country THEY defended) Now these have grown to fill the place Of those who'd gone before - But the struggle is no longer bold - Nor on a distant shore (From the country THEY defended) So those of us have come to serve, But not to fight or share The problems of a complex world - That modern man can't bear, (Nor the country THEY defended) And most of us aren't asked to die, And many needn't suffer But live among our fellow men - A task that's often tougher (With the country THEY defended) So many take for granted This land, they have no pride for - That promise earned for them - This land so many died for (THIS, the country THEY defended)
Ca'63 Robert L. Smith, Jr., SSB(N)601 GoldCrew