Yesterday was Veterans' Day. Today is the day we officially celebrate the Holiday For Heroes.
The soldier stood and faced his God Which must always come to pass...
He hoped his shoes were shining Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, you soldier, How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek? To My Church have you been true?"
The soldier squared his shoulders and Said,"No, Lord, I guess I ain't...
Because those of us who carry guns Can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays And at times my talk was tough,
And sometimes I've been violent, Because the streets are awfully tough.
But, I never took a penny That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime When the bills got just too steep,
And I never passed a cry for help, Though at times I shook with fear,
And sometimes, God forgive me, I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place Among the people here...
They never wanted me around Except to calm their fears.
If you've a place for me here, Lord, It needn't be so grand,
I never expected or had too much, But if you don't, I'll understand."
There was a silence all around the throne Where the saints had often trod...
As the soldier waited quietly, For the judgment of his God,
"Step forward now you soldier,
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell."
We have a hero in our family.
He was awarded the purple heart. In addition he is one of less than five hundred servicemen to be awarded both the Navy Cross & The Silver Star. During World War II they were stationed in The Philippines . They were evacuating the island because the Japanese were coming in force and they were going to be badly outnumbered. Officers were evacuated first, including General MacArthur. Their plane crashed. It was to dangerous to rescue them. They were expendable. That didn't stop them. Out of bamboo they built one man paddle boats to survey potential enemy sites. After making tools from what nature provided them they cut down tress and made canoes. They used the canoes to perform sneak attacks until they were captured. They were all beheaded. They were led by the person my brother, Grover, was named after, Lt. Edward Grover Delong. My Mom's first cousin, my second cousin. Here is the official military citations of his awards:
The movie THEY WERE EXPENDABLE was about his troops. It won two Oscars and is a really good World War II movie to rent.
Lt. Delong is buried in Arlington and has a Motor Torpedo Boat named after him. The boat was harbored in Long Beach Harbor for years but is now retired to the shipyard in the sky.
The following two pictures are of the Motor Torpedo Boat the SS Delong and a picture of Lt. Delong. Handsome dude.
They gave their lives so that we may be free. They give their days to protect us. To all military personnel everywhere. THANK YOU.
In closing I'd like to share an article about the improvements we are making in taking care of our homeless soldiers. But we can do better. One homeless soldier is on to many.