Dennis L. Johnson

IF I SHOULD DIE TOMORROW

If I should die tomorrow
Let it not be said I died forgotten,
For I have done what I can do.

My country called.
I served in uniform.

World War One.
World War Two.
Korea.
Vietnam.
The cold war
And hot spots around the globe.

I served with pride, fear, dreams of glory,
heroism, determination, and hope.

I fought beside some of the best men I ever knew.
Not all of us made it home.
I carry those I knew in my mind and heart, and soul.

I came home to cheers or jeers or silence.
But I’ll never forget.
It changed my life forever.

Will anyone remember?
I must believe they will.
For those long days and endless nights
Shaped how I see the world
And, I think, how the world sees me.

My actions alone changed nothing.

In concert with my fellow soldiers we changed,
and made,
history.

Duty, Honor, Country.

If I should die tomorrow
Let it not be said I died forgotten,
For I have done what I can do.