Camo jacket and toy gun,
Playing soldier just for fun,
Who’d think on that sunny day
Time would find you in harm’s way
In a place of desert wind and sand,
Carrying out duties of our land?
Basic done with willingness
To toughen up and meet the test,
Cadenced march and rifle range;
All of life then in a change,
Become a team. Work side by side,
Your staunchness fills our hearts with pride.
With honor you fulfill the role,
Your part to make the nation’s goal,
A safer world for time to come.
I want the most to have you home.
Salute the allegiance and the verve
Of men and women proud to serve.
©2010 Carol Morfitt