Valley greens

U.S. Army Sgt. Colin Unverzagt provides security after exiting a CH-47 Chinook helicopter with other soldiers during an operation in Afghanistan's Khost province, April 23, 2010. The operation is being conducted to reintroduce a coalition presence, help Afghan forces clear the Shembowat Valley and communicate with village elders in the province. The Soldiers are assigned to 101st Airborne Division's Charlie Troop, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jeffrey Alexander


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  • Al_HikesAZ 5y

    Thanks Airborne - you are appreciated by those of us who appreciate our freedom and the sacrifices you make so that we may live in the USA.
  • Band!to 5y

    Go Air Assault!
  • Tom Zart 5y


    In their new uniforms
    The young march off
    Not knowing who shall return.
    With a proud devotion
    They brandish their flag
    Leaving loved ones to wonder and yearn.

    May we all be buried
    By all of our children
    Is an ancient tribal prayer.
    They're so easy to lose
    But so hard to forget
    Such a burden for a parent to bear.

    Oh, the taste of victory
    Shall soon be forgotten
    But, never that which was lost.
    For those rows of white headstones
    In peaceful green fields
    Make it easy to tally the cost.

    America has survived all attempts to destroy
    Knowing the cruelty of war
    And, we who remain
    Must help keep her free
    For those who can march no more!


    Our flag is fabric wove of thread
    Carried by heroes live and dead.
    She stands for justice and courage too
    With her colors; red, white and blue.

    For all who serve her, there'll be cheers
    For any who die, there'll be tears.
    For all who love her, life is swell
    For those who harm her, war is hell.

    How many moms have cried before
    As they sent their children to war.
    How many dads have not returned
    Because our freedom must be earned.

    Wars were waged where brave men died
    As patriots fought side by side.
    Our flag is still the pearl of earth
    Because of those who prove her worth.


    I dedicate this poem from inside my tent
    As the desert winds keep it's silhouette bent.
    My love of country is at full boil now
    I'd like to describe it but it's hard to know how.

    Tomorrow I'll hunt those who enjoy our death
    Cursed by their hatred and foulness of breath.
    I don't care if it's another God they serve
    For their crime's retribution is what they deserve.

    Their horde survives by a different set of rules,
    Though soon they'll learn the fate of murderous fools.
    Proudly I serve my homeland and president
    Who I've sworn to defend one hundred percent.

    While haunted by visions of what I must do
    I fight for justice, and the red, white, and blue.


    The cost of freedom is sometimes high
    Extremely more when our loved one's die.
    Men and women pledged to fight and serve
    And it's our support that they deserve.

    Mankind itself is the one to blame
    That all through history, the story's the same.
    Peace, like love, can be hard to acquire
    Subject always to enemy fire.

    Some how the righteous tend to prevail
    Over the miss-guided, prone to fail.
    No wonder we fear the tongues that lie
    As mankind squabbles beneath God's sky.

    The danger our solders face is real
    So lets let them know just how we feel.
    Put forth your flag and show them your heart
    As those we love from us depart.

    By Soldier For The Lord
    Tom Zart
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