Yesterday, it was so cool to return to my alma mater Centennial High School for their military appreciation baseball game with Independence High School. J.R. was recommended to be honored at the game for his military service by our friend Chris Allen, a fellow Iraq veteran. The baseball game was the school’s 5th annual “Military Appreciation Game” and we were happy to be included. Centennial High School did a lovely presentation that included speeches, poetry and music, including the National Anthem performed by local veteran Evan Morgan.
One of the presenters, Mike Alexander, wrote a great poem that we thought we would share with you - A Civilian’s Salute to Our Military Heroes
I stand before you feeling unworthy, and a bit nervous,
Because, unlike you, our country I’ve given no service.
Before today’s game, we pause and reflect,
On you, whose duty, it is to serve and protect.
But on the battlefield, our soldier’s, give so much more!
These teams, their goal, to secure a Valley title,
Our soldier’s, your role, is ever so vital!
World Wars I and II, Korea and Viet Nam,
Our Soldiers answered the call of Uncle Sam.
Bosnia, the Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan,
We’re so proud of you who serve each woman and man!
A soldier’s family waits at home with much concern,
Will their loved one be safe? When will they return?
Our soliders go to foreign lands, and travel across oceans,
And when you come home, there are plenty of emotions!
At times on arrival, something’s different, no not the same,
Some come home healthy, some injured, even some lame.
Some even pay the ultimate sacrifice; they pay with their life,
Someone’s son, someone’s daughter, maybe husband or wife!
But it is you the solider, that serves our country with pride,
You volunteer for this duty, love of country you don’t hid!
You’ll be all that you ca! Aim high, you’re the few, the proud,
Full speed ahead, it’s an adventure, you shout out loud!
Free speech, life, liberty, you protect our rights,
While in faraway lands, through conflicts and fights!
Though you may not always feel it, while the battlefields you roam,
Know that you’re thought of and prayed for, by us at home!
No words that I read her can properly convey,
How proud of you we are, each and every day!
From the past to the present, there are too many to name,
But as I see it, you’re all in our nation’s Hall of Fame!
So for all that you’ve done, and continue to do for our great nation,
Please accept this small token, a civilian’s salute, our standing ovation!!
Here’s a couple pics from the event: