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by Matthew Davison

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by George Nolta

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by David Marchant

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by Sean Parrish

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A Place Where Soldiers Go

By Paul Gonzales, Army

Writing Type: Poem

By Paul David Gonzales

VA Medical Center--Albuquerque, NM

 

There’s a place where soldiers go when the battle is o’er,

A place of sunshine, fields of poppies and emerald clover.

 

A place where generals and privates first class

Can hoist their glass after a requiem high mass

When the battle is o’er. 

 

There’s a place where soldiers go when the battle is o’er,                           

A place where ships pull up anchor,

Planes fly to meet the sky,

A place where the Marines all yell, “Semper Fi,”

A place where “the caisson’s go rolling along,”

A place where the angels stand at attention

When each name is mentioned,

A place where soldiers go when the battle is o’er. 

 

There’s a place where soldiers go when the battle is o’er,

A place where orders echo throughout the heavens,

A place where cadence is sung with rhythm and song.

That’s the place where soldiers belong

When the battle is o’er. 

 

There’s a place where soldiers go when the battle is o’er.                            

At the dawn of each new day, the bugle blows reveille                                  

And the angels sing in revelry.

“My Country ‘Tis of Thee, Sweet Land of Liberty,                                          

Of Thee I Sing.”

The flag is raised to the highest point;

All salute with stiffened arm, polished brass, uniforms pressed

When the order is given, “Eyes Right” and “Dress Right, Dress.” 

 

When the day ends and the sun surrenders its light

To the moon’s brilliance,

The bugle blows the final note of “Retreat.”

That’s the place where soldiers go when the battle is o’er.

 

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