We owe it to them to remember their courage, sacrifice, dedication;
We must celebrate with joyful solemnity across our nation.
We owe it to each other to honor the memory of those who served so well;
We owe it to those in service now who strive to keep us safe, this we must tell.
Our small measure of thought and remembrance is certainly due,
And we must verbalize our appreciation, and so we will do.
Fly the flag today and other days, but look deep with our heart;
Persistent vigilance must stand tall to faithfully do its part.
Some would have us surrender to evil, by their behavior and speech,
But the truth of morality shall always be within our reach.
We owe it to ourselves every day to acknowledge what is good;
We owe it to our Maker to live as His Word says we should.
by Elaine Hardt ©2013