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MURRAY COUNTY POETRY

Poems by Murray Poets and Poems About Murray County
VETERANS DAY
by
John Homer Luffman
1910-1987


THEY ANSWERED PROUDLY WHEN THEY HEARD THE CALL
AS ANY MAN WHO LOVES HIS COUNTRY SHOULD.
AND MANY WERE THE ONES DESTINED TO FALL
AT SAINT MIHIEL, ARGONNE OR BELLEAU WOOD.
AGAIN THEY WENT TO HALT THE TYRANT'S GAIN-
TO NORMANDY, THE PHILIPPINES OR ANZIO
WHERE MANY MORE WOULD FALL AND THERE REMAIN,
NOT KNOWING WHO HAD WON, THEY OR THE FOE.
THEY WENT WHEN DUTY CALLED TO THEM ONCE MORE
TO YALU AND A PLACE CALLED PORKCHOP HILL,
AND NOW AGAIN THEY HEAR THE CANNONS ROAR-
IN VIET NAM THEIR DUTIES THEY FULFILL.
THEY DIDN'T BURN THEIR DRAFT CARDS OR DEFER
TO SERVE THEIR COUNTRY EACH IN HIS OWN WAY
THE NATION HONORS THESE WHO HONORED HER
AND SPEAKS IT THANKS TO THEM ON VETERANS DAY.


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