V is for Veteran who fought willingly in the war,
who put his country first and sacrificed much more.
E is for erect, the monuments tall
remind us of the deaths of those who gave it all.
T is for time, they will never get back
From the soldiers shouting “run” while the generals shout “attack.”
E is for eternity of how long they’ll be known
if we choose to recognize how much we’ve grown.
R is for responsibility, their duty to our nation
that people should honor no matter the occupation.
A is for altruism of which they had no doubt,
their courage and bravery which turned the wars about.
N is for no one who could match the pain they endured
the result our freedom which we were ensured.
S is for sacrifice of which only veterans understand
and of which they paid willingly for the freedom of this land.
[I am Joseph Fields' mother and I give permission to post his poem and picture. - Jerusha Fields]