God is smiling on you, those who gave-
your lives for the freedom upon which we crave.
We salute you, as you are remembered on Memorial Day-
Thank you for fighting to defend the American Way.
Such vigor, determination throughout each dangerous path-
Thru the uncertainty of time, and wars with their wrath.
Thru grit, grime, or sea spray, and Heaven knows thru worse
You always protected us, by staying on course.
Thank you who served in the Navy; Marines, and National Guard-
And thank you who served in the Army, Air Force, and our Coast Guard.
I know to acknowledge every platoon, gunship, airship, support group and more-
I know yours was not an easy job, but your performance was galore.
So, thank you men and women of our country's Armed Forces;
For providing us the means for our freedom's resources.
From such selfless actions, our country stands tall-
And to our people in Uniform, I thank you all.
With respectful regards, and immense gratitude
Reginald Slade, US Navy, retired
Petty Officer, First Class (SW) Electronics Warfare Technician
Memorial Day 2011