Del “Abe” Jones

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

They went across the ocean
To fight in that Asian war –
On behalf of freedom, justice
For peoples of that foreign shore.

More than fifty-eight thousand men
Faced war’s reality –
Bravely sacrificed their lives
So that others might be free.

Most of them were very young –
And now, it seems such a waste –
That war accomplished nothing
And has left a bitter taste.

Those who did survive came home
To a country which turned away –
We didn’t know how to greet them –
We didn’t know what to say.

They came home to a nation
That said it didn’t care –
Said it didn’t want to know about
What went on over there.

The tide is finally turning –
Don’t you think it’s about time
We gave some praise to all of those
Who laid their life on the line?