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Honoring The Fallen

David G. Bancroft, Founder of USA Patriotism!"Honoring The Fallen" proudly salutes the valiant ones who made the ultimate sacrifice ... who went beyond self ... for our beloved America that includes my mother's twin brother, who did so in the hedge rows of Normandy shortly after D-Day.

I wrote "Honoring The Fallen" when my youngest son was serving with the Marines in Iraq ... in response to the constant concern that my wife and I endured coming true ...  with a knock on the door delivering the heart wrenching devastating news that no loved one wants to hear. (My son returned home safely, missing becoming a fallen by a fraction of an inch.)

USOSpecial Note... The  A signed printing of the "Honoring The Fallen" poem was made available to the USO for sharing at its Dover AFB facilities where the fallen are returned to America and their waiting loved ones. The poem might also be available at other USO locations.

David G. Bancroft,
USA Patriotism! founder

I cannot help but think of those,
Whose anxious wait ended with a knock,
The wrenching ache felt deep down to the toes,
Knowing there was no more ticking for this clock.

Their brave loved ones served for our country's sake
Be it yesterday, today, and time yet known,
Giving it birth and to protect ... not take.
Their ultimate sacrifice shown.

The blinding tears of TAPS being played.
The overwhelming sadness of the colors given.
The proud thought of the difference made.
The final salute to the fallen . . . now in heaven.

And while there is a special day,
That we honor the memory of the gift they gave,
It should go well beyond a national thought in May,
Like every time when seeing the flag wave!

David G. Bancroft, Founder of USA Patriotism! By David G. Bancroft
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