Frank J. Montoya

WE’RE COMING HOME

In the coming weeks and months over 11,000 veterans
of Operation Iraqi Freedom will be returning
to their homes and families at Fort Carson, in Fountain and Colorado Springs.
Sadly, many of their comrades came home before them.
Those that came back early were met by grieving families
and by a grateful community.
They were remembered and honored for their brave and faithful service
and for making the ultimate sacrifice in the name of Freedom…
They were the casualties of that war.
Those that survived will soon be coming home.
WE’RE COMING HOME
We’re coming home! We’re coming home!
Our tour is up; we’ve done our part.
Fresh troops will go to take our place;
We wish them “best of luck”, with all our heart.
Our Country called and off we went,
To liberate an oppressed, unstable land.
But so many fellow soldiers lost their lives,
In Iraqi village, town and desert sand.
We’ll soon be landing in the ‘Springs,
We feel such joy but there is also fear.
Will everything be as it was before?
It has been a very long and lonely year.
Will we find things changed when we get home?
Only the passage of time will tell.
Have the months and miles made a difference?
But then perhaps, we too, have changed as well.
As we join our loved ones once again,
We pray all things will be the same.
Will we be as close as we were back then?
Will little Bobby remember his Daddy’s name?
A “welcome home” parade will be held downtown.
We will march so proudly and stand so tall.
We will honor Freedom and Home and Family,
For these are values we cherish most of all.
Our Country, our Flag, our way of life –
For these we fought… for these our friends did fall.

Author’s Note: In the coming weeks and months over 11,000 veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom will be returning to their homes and families at Fort Carson, in Fountain and Colorado Springs.

Sadly, many of their comrades came home before them. Those that came back early were met by grieving families and by a grateful community. They were remembered and honored for their brave and faithful service and for making the ultimate sacrifice in the name of Freedom...

They were the casualties of that war. Those who survived will soon be coming home.