John A. Kozin

John served with US Navy for three years (1975-1978) as an Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class

THE VETERAN

The hallowed grounds are barren now, easy to forget,
the brave men who died that day to keep us free, and yet,
we fall asleep dreaming of lilies on rolling fields,
but never shall we say a prayer for those who failed to yield.

If we see their face, hear their voice, or bump them in a crowd
do we shake their hand, give them thanks, and praise their name aloud?
Are we content to go along in our busy hectic day,
taking for granted all we have, keeping their names at bay?

For they are the reason we have what we love, our families and friends.
They are the reason we live today with freedom that never ends.
Now is the time to thank them for giving it their all
while many turned and ran, they stayed, answering the call.

Shall we turn our backs on these great heroes never speaking our piece?
Knowing deep inside because of them we are at ease?
The hallowed grounds are barren now and easy to forget,
but never shall I retire to sleep without saying a prayer for the Vet