From Lexington to Babylon

To all members, of all branches of the U.S. military, and their support teams. [Personal and professional]. To all of those now serving, and to those who have served, at any time and anywhere, your country has needed  you.   This is for you. May God bless you all.                                                        

jack downing

           From Lexington To Babylon

     They, were there at Lexington,

and down the road, at Concord too,

they were there, at Yorktown,

with the battle, finally through.


      They, were there at Fort McHenry,

where the spangled, banner flew,

and again, at New Orleans,

as part of Jackson’s crew.


      They, were there at Vera Cruz,

with Taylor, and with pride,

and Texas, is a state today,

because, they would not be denied.


      They, were there at Gettysburg,

lining, both the sides,

falling in great numbers,

where, some say, they still reside.


     They, were there at San Juan hill,

dying with every stride,

volunteering, all they had,

themselves, they had supplied.


      Then came the war, to end all wars,

and again, they heard the call,

when, in the trenches, with the gas,

they gave once more, their all.


     Then for a score, they rested,

for their greatest moment yet,

that Sunday in December,

impossible, to forget.


      They heard the bugles, call again,

in every corner of the land,

the nation, undivided,

united, they would stand.


      They, were there an Nomandy,

at Anzio, and the Rhine,

heeding freedom’s beckon,

still yet, another time.


      They, were there at Iwo Jima,

Bataan and Corregidor,

at Guadalcanal, and Midway,

many, lost forever more.


      They, were there at Chosin resevoir,

and, they were there, at  In’ Chon too,

with McArthur wishing, to go on,

but, Truman said, ‘you’re through’,


      They, were there at Khe Sanh,

they, were there in old Saigon,

with choppers flying, off the roof,

still, the brave fought on.


      And, still they’re here, with us today,

as they were, in Panama,

now, in Afghanistan and Babylon,

they follow, their own star.


      Yes, they have always answered,

when freedom, made demands,

their hearts and minds, would follow,

our gratitude, that must command.


     On their guard for America,

so freedom, would not fall,

and though, they cannot see it,

I salute them, one and all.


           Jack Downing

          July 2009


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Hearth and Health are wonderful things and if you're without either such sorrow that brings So I cannot express enough thanks to my Lord and to my family and friends for the support you afford! ~Jack Downing~
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