David R. “Poppa” Alexander

WHAT VETERANS OWE

Hold on to your memories
Grab hold of your dreams
Be a beacon to those left behind
Be strong as hard as it may seem.

Share your experiences
Let the new generation know
Give them all of the knowledge you possess
Keep them as safe as possible now that old you have grown

Give them every bit of savvy
Every bit of experience that may help
Give them every one your gratitude
And a lot of the sanity you have kept.

For we of other wars
Need to help our brave young soldiers
In the battle they will face
Let us not stand in the way like boulders.

We for the most part did not receive
What we have to give
Pass along your knowledge and appreciation
So that more of them may live.