Posted on November 12th, 2012 in Stories


H. Lee Bryant

Once upon a time,

during a war no one understood,

A Southern boy took a ship across the world,

To fight for a country he believed in.


Once upon a time,

When duty and honor mattered,

And a handshake was binding,

A sweet Southern man met a sweet Southern nurse on the battle field.


After they made it home,

They built a life with two children,

Golf and pot roast on Sundays,

All while counting their blessings,

lessons learned on foreign shores in a now silent war.


He never said a word,

about the time he served,

The battles he waged,

the horror he saw.

Like so many others like him,

He was happy to be home,

Trading orders for chores,

and generals for wives with errands to run.


Like so many other great men,

Who risked everything for freedom,

He’s found his heavenly reward,

leaving much of his story untold.


But although we may never know,

We will never forget,

One of the greatest men of the greatest generations,

To ever serve in a country they were proud to call home.


Dedicated to H. Lee Bryant and the surviving veterans of World War 2


Happy Veteran’s Day!

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16 Responses to “Veteran”

  1. thedoseofreality Says:

    Beautiful sentiment. We are fortunate to have people in this country who will serve to keep us free.

  2. Barbara Says:

    Beautiful. Happy Veterans Day to all those who sacrifice so much for us!

  3. Alexis AKA MOM Says:

    Happy Vetrans Day! What a beautiful tribute and post.

  4. Tootie Says:

    Thank you Sweetie for remembering my Daddy for Veterans’ Day. He was a very special man and I miss him more everyday.

  5. Channon Says:

    Lovely. Thanks for sharing, and thanks ALWAYS to our veterans and those currently serving.

  6. April Says:

    Simply beautiful! So very thankful for those who gave their all for my freedom! Be sure to stop by today if you get a chance…I’m having a giveaway!

  7. Lana Says:

    What a tribute. I knew who it was and didn’t even know a name!
    He left a legacy to be admired.

  8. Amy Says:

    Thanks so much for this beautiful Veteran’s Day tribute.

    oxoxoxo from San Francisco

  9. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell Says:

    We owe them so much gratitude!

  10. marie Says:

    What a special tribute today. We tend to have pot roast on Sundays too.

  11. Natasha Says:

    This was a beautiful tribute to Veterans. My father was one as well and I’m always so proud of his duty. Hope your weekend was lovely.

  12. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking Says:

    Oh wha an awesome post!!

  13. Words Of Deliciousness Says:

    Very nice!!

  14. Jennifer Says:

    What a wonderful tribute!

  15. Mary Jo Says:

    A beautiful tribute. My dad was a veteran so I love seeing things like this.
    xo Mary Jo

  16. heatherlyn Says:

    I love love LOVE this poem! I am so glad that you wrote it!

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