By: Rachel | Date: Sep 19, 2017 |Rachel
Wonderfully touching poem. God bless all our soldiers and their comrades.
By: Linda Klein | Date: Sep 3, 2017 |Linda Klein
I read the first part in a book by Robyn Carr called the Newcomer. I live in Panama City Beach, Florida which is a community of many retired veterans. I do a reading at our church every Sunday usually on hymns but I am going to use this for the Veteran Day Sunday this year. Thank you for your service and your words.
By: Jean Alley | Date: Aug 23, 2017 |Jean Alley
I found your beautiful poem in a folder of "Thoughts" my husband kept. He was a retired Army COL who will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery next week. I would like to have it read by the chaplain during the service, and of course giving you credit as the author. It is a very profound and touching poem and a great tribute to all who have served and have paid the ultimate price. May God be with you and continue to help you heal physically and emotionally from the trials and hardships of serving this great country. God bless our troops everywhere!
By: MSgt Sidney Lichter USAF (retired) | Date: Apr 30, 2017 |MSgt Sidney Lichter USAF (retired)
I'm glad to know who wrote this poem. I'll be using Part 1 as my "Veteran's Address" at the Bloomfield (NJ) Memorial Day program on May 29, 2017
By: Gerald Witte | Date: Mar 23, 2017 |Gerald Witte
The poem gets me everytime, come home save, may the Lord be with you
By: Renee Merchant | Date: Feb 9, 2017 |Renee Merchant
I read this poem in "The Newcomer" written by Robyn Carr. She did attribute Joshua as the author. It brought teams to me eyes. Beautiful.
By: Mark A. Whittlesey II | Date: Jan 30, 2017 |Mark A. Whittlesey II
Amazing words, and they hit so close to home. It is so sad that people would take credit for others work. thank you for writing this Joshua.

AT1 Mark A. Whittlesey II USN, retired.
By: Thomas C. Costley | Date: Oct 13, 2016 |Thomas C. Costley
Joshua,
Before anything else let me first wish you continued luck in your healing process and to thank you for your service. I am a retired Air Force Chief Master Sergeant and a Vietnam Vet. I happened across your beautiful poem while doing some research for an upcoming speaking engagement. I was immediately struck by it's beauty and sincere message. I have read it numerous times now and can certainly relate directly to it. I hope that you will continue with your writing talents as it appears that there are many who have enjoy this poem as much as I have. With your permission, I would love to read "Final Inspection" at my speaking engagement on Veteran's Day. Thank you so very much. I wish you the best of health and continued success. Respectfully, "TC" Costley, CMSgt (R) USAF.
By: Lynn Hunter | Date: Aug 23, 2016 |Lynn Hunter
This holds so true for police officers as well. I am retired from both USCG and LAPD. This poem touched me deeply.


By: mike cummo | Date: Aug 15, 2016 |mike cummo
Hooah !!!
I just sent this out to my 5 brothers & myself (all served in the military); my wife - retired 30 year Army combat veteran, (bronze star recipient) and my Navy son along with many friends and family members - I thank you for your profound thoughts - and WE ALL are praying for your full recovery.
By: Joshua axtman | Date: May 30, 2016 |Joshua axtman
I think I can speak for all of us war beaten service members no matter the branch. This holds true and thank you for putting this together. It does hit home

Sgt. joshua axtman. 3rd armored cavalry regiment 1998- 2006
By: Russell W. Killen | Date: May 24, 2016 |Russell W. Killen
My father was 82nd Airborne in WW11 (three of the four combat jumps). He crossed the Neimegan River four times during the offense and lived. It's also amazing that he was in the 82nd so early in the campaign and lived since three out of four of the originals that made all four combat jumps died. The recruiters nicknamed it "The Suicide Squad".
The 101st Airborne became famous because of the movie "Bastogne", but what the movie doesn't expound on is the fact that the 82nd Airborne spearheaded through 25 miles of the enemy to save them.
I followed in his footsteps. I graduated jump school in 1n 1974 and the general singled me out to stamp the jump wings into my chest in front of the rest of the graduating class with a speech about what my father had done in WW11. It caught me by surprise and as I looked around at the thousands of people at the ceremony and listened to his words, tears filled my eyes. I was so proud of him that my fists were clenched, veins and muscles were bulging while I fought back the tears so I wouldn't look like a pansy in front of that enormous crowd. Nobody on this planet could have beaten me at that time. I took the Airborne physical test on one hand (my right one was broken) to get there. ... pushups and everything.
The next years were terrifying but not because of any enemy. Hanging from a rope thousands of feet in the air while 100 knot winds hit you at the Arctic Circle, getting shoved out the plane without being hooked up, sucked out of a helicopter without a chute on, your chute collapsing and landing on top of someone else's, hearing a bullet burn the air as it goes past your ear, walking into an explosion that makes your entire body feel like your hand would if you wrapped it around a firecracker and squeezed while it went off, etc. all caught me by surprise.
People like this fight for America and the people in the world that need them. They do not hate the innocent children from countries they are at war with but are there to fight that war for those innocent children.
What has happened to America? We have Senators willing to vote for someone just because they are Democrat or Republican and saying that if the person they vote for is elected they will leave the country. That is a traitor to America and should be tried as a traitor. To vote for someone that you think will destroy America is treason.
Some people can't leave the country and have to stay here. Do you really want to give access codes for nuclear weapons to a pathological liar and high pressure salesman?
By: Lavinia Anne Whitworth | Date: Apr 18, 2016 |Lavinia Anne Whitworth
my dad was drafted in June 1942 - six months after his 4 brothers enlisted.

He proudly served in WW II, Korea, and Vietnam. He also served as an adviser to to\he Thai Army upcountry 350 miles from Korat AFB.

He retired after 30 years in 1972. He was a Command Sgt Major E-9.

I married Army twice and I was a Reserve Wife.

This went soul deep with me.

Thank you.

By: Shanice Mahone | Date: Nov 12, 2015 |Shanice Mahone
I've been in service for now 4 years I have had two deployments cancelled and the governemnt shut down on me. Now I feel that things in our country are about to get crazy. I love this country and this poam ease my mind when I put on all my gear grab my gun and curse a few as I hit a few bumps along the way. I've always wondered how God looked at the men and women in uniform as we do the things we are instructed to do. Thank you for this poam and if i wasnt at work i would share it so ill share this as soon as im home! God Bless!!
By: Frances Middleton | Date: Nov 12, 2015 |Frances Middleton
May the Lord bless all of our men and women who have served or are still serving this great country of ours. I also pray, daily, that the Lord will restore our country, and bring honest, God fearing men and women to lead our nation once again.
By: Wallace Pressley | Date: Nov 9, 2015 |Wallace Pressley
I have written poems that are on this website.
How do I get back to them.

E-mail me your e-mail address and tell me which ones are yours and I'll take them down immediately. I never put up poems without permission.
By: Fred Baker | Date: Sep 26, 2015 |Fred Baker
I can't remember how to get to the poem archives and the conversation page. I believe I know my username and password. Can I get the proper URL?

e-mail me and I can help you. This stupid GB doesn't show me your e-mail addy.
By: Sandra Woolridge (England) | Date: Aug 13, 2015 |Sandra Woolridge (England)
After my grandson was killed in Afghanistan 2010 aged 20 years I also wrote a verse in memory of him

Feelings

No more your face to look upon
Or beautiful smile to see
Though deep inside my heart I know
You still reside with me.

When the sun casts down its golden rays
Thatís when I see your smile
Then raindrops fall just like my tears
And my heart aches for a while.

A rainbow in the sky appears
With a beauty of its own
And on the breeze I hear your voice
It whispers youíre not alone.

Sandra Woolridge ©2012
By: alan bond | Date: Aug 12, 2015 |alan bond
From a British Soldier, thank you . I so wish my country would appreciate Her lossess as the USA DOES,, But thanks for that photo and poem ,,
By: Judy Nikodem | Date: Aug 1, 2015 |Judy Nikodem
I saw this at a funeral I went to yesterday. They show pictures of the persons life and this one was there surrounded by those of the deceased, her husband, and their family. Thank you for all those who serve - in many different ways.

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