A tribute to those who serve

Saturday, May 18 is Armed Forces Day. In this poem, I remember and honor the men and women who have served and are serving in the Armed Forces of our Nation. I am a veteran, and in light of recent events, I am also remembering all First Responders, wherever they may be.


Taking time to remember the fearless,

And those who are serving with valor.

To the Armed Forces and those great First Responders –

We pay with appreciative candor.

They are proud to be serving our Country

The land of the brave and the free.

The land of hope, and of courage

With liberty for you and for me.

They are proud to stand for our nation

In times of terror and strife.

And to walk the road with virtue

With dignity – and valuing life.

What a tribute to the many who protect us

Who fearlessly respond to a call

They serve with justice and commitment

With valiant service to the needs of us all.

They are proud to stand for our Country

To serve for the things that are right

To give of themselves, and for others

And to strive with true courage, and might.

They are proud to be of service to our Country

It is a Nation of people, who are just

Who stand for the rights of others

In a land of humility and trust.

They are proud to protect our Country

And to stand for a cause that is right

And to give humbly for the safety of others

And to protect sovereignty with all of their might

We are proud to pay tribute to those serving –

Armed Forces and First Responders, do abide.

For they stand for the freedom of people

With unflinching courage and pride!

Dr. Robert L. Heichberger is professor emeritus at the State University of New York at Fredonia and distinguished professor at Capella University in Minneapolis, MN. All of the past columns can be viewed on Send comments to: Rheich@aol.com