( / Ashland, Kentucky)

A Patriot

I do not wear a uniform
Nor a helmet on my head,
I never carry a weapon
Or have seen my brothers bled.
I never stand at attention
Nor have I marched in line,
I never fought for freedom
As what I own is already mine.
I do not salute any man
I humble down only to GOD,
So, I walk my own separate path
Whether at home or even abroad.
I wear no stripes upon my arms
There are no medals upon my chest,
As I am just a civilian
Nothing more, and nothing less.
I know my national anthem
Whenever it is spoken or even sung,
And tears still come unto my eyes
As proudly my head is hung.
Inside my soul there is a torch
I will be a patriot until the day that I die,
And I too will walk those proud lines
While still with pride for my flag I will cry.
I have never fought in a war
But, I have passed our soldiers graves
I give thanks to the country that I live in
And to those soldiers, I give my praise.

Randy L. McClave

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