They Were Warriors First

by Matthew Davison

Prose


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by Ben Hawkins

Poem


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by Dennis O’Brien

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Solitude by the Sea

by William Anderes

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by Michele Johnson

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by Michelle Pond

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Remembrance

By CJ Reeves, Army

Writing Type: Poem

By CJ Reeves
VA Medical Center--San Francisco, CA

Observance
Perseverance
We are gathered here today to remember
Our comrades fallen.
Duty, Honor, Country
Two centuries, two score and seven years ago
Our nation observes.
From the halls of Montezuma
We remember
To the shores of Tripoli
We remember
We will fight our nation's battles
We persevere
Molon labe
Come and take them.
We shall overcome
We shall prevail.

Anchors away
De oppresso liber
Liberate the oppressed.
We remember
We observe
We overcome
Aim high
Fly, fight, win
Aut vincere aut mori
Conquer or die.
The red poppy
We remember
In Flanders Field
We observe
The white clover
We remember
The corn poppy
Never to forget.

Armistice Day
We observe
The daisy
We remember 
To the Army
Hanc defendemus
This we'll defend
Hooah
We remember
To the Marines
The few, the proud
Semper Fidelis
Always faithful.
Oorah
We remember
To the Navy
Semper Fortis
Always courageous.
Non sibi sed patriae
Not for self, but for country.
Forged by the sea
Hooyah.

We remember
To the Air Force
Aim high, fly, fight, win
To the Coast Guard
Semper Paratus
Always ready.
Born ready
Vigilantia aeterna
Eternal vigilance.
We remember
To the Merchant Marines
Acta non verba
Deeds, not words.
We remember
To the Space Force
Semper Supra
Always above.
Until Valhalla
Let us this day remember
Let us this day never forget.

Notes: A poem written for Veterans Day in order to remember all those who have gone before us and paid the ultimate price for this country. I tried to incorporate all the branches as we are a military of ONE! One goal, One fight. The military was founded nearly 247 years ago and is steeped in history. There remain many mottos in Latin. I wanted to bring these Latin phrases to life by remembering them and by saying them.

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