For those ‘who courageously serve’

Many Americans celebrate Armed Forces Day annually on the third Saturday of May. This year, that date is Saturday, May 17. It is a day we pay tribute to men and women who serve in the various branches the United States’ armed forces.

Armed Forces Day is also part of Armed Forces Week, which begins on the second Saturday of May. The following is a tribute to those who are serving and to those who served.


by Robert L. Heichberger

Taking time to remember the fearless,

who courageously serve with true valor.

To the men and women in our military branches

we pay humble and appreciative candor.

They are proud to be serving our Country

the land of the brave and the free.

The land of liberty, hope, and of courage

with Constitutional freedoms for you and for me.

They are proud to stand for our nation

in times of grave terror and strife.

And to walk the troubling road with virtue

with dignity-and true value for life.

With a tribute to the many who protect us

who fearlessly respond to the call

They serve with justice and commitment

with valiant service for the defense 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 protect 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 all others

in a land of humility and trust.

They are proud to protect our great Country

and to stand for the causes that are right

And to give humbly for the safety of others

protecting sovereignty with all of their might

We are proud to pay tribute to all serving –

in the Armed Forces of our Nation they abide.

For they stand for the freedom of people

with unflinching courage and virtuous pride!

Semper Fidelis, America

“Once a Marine, always a Marine”


Dr. Robert L. Heichberger is professor emeritus at the State University of New York at Fredonia and distinguished professor at Capella University. He is an award winning author. All of the past columns can be viewed on Send comments to: