US soldiers patrol near Baraki Barak base in Logar Province, on October 11, 2012. The Afghan conflict, America's longest war

Many of our love ones are off to war
They leave us behind for distance shores
They seek out our enemies to even the score
But some of them we may never see once more

We give them our thanks and pray each day
For God to watch over them while they are away
We known they will do their duty for they are brave
To fight those who would make of us their slave

It is the Armed Forces who fight to keep us free
For they are willing to die for you and me
They will do their duty until victory is achieved
Only then will they be allowed to grieve

They are my heroes, so young, so brave and true
Fighting to protect our flag, the red, white and blue
It is through them the American Spirit is renewed
And recognition for their sacrifices is long overdue

by Ellen Bailey

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