Christina A. Sharik


Here’s to the Heroes of Vietnam
who answered their country’s call –
who slept in the mud and the jungle
and gave up their youth, one and all…
Here’s the ones who feel guilty –
and here’s to the ones who feel sad –
and here’s to the nurses and medics
and here’s to the MIA dad –

None of them wanted to die there;
None of them wanted to go –
yet, off they went, alone and unknown
ages and ages ago.

Well, here’s to my heroes, the Veterans
and here’s to their families too.
May Heaven watch over them always;
all other veterans
and… You.

This poem inspired the response, “Heroes” – ©Copyright April 19, 2005 by Lou J. Klaiber