Welcome home my honored soldier
Responsible for the very air I breathe
Who once dauntless, a beloved homeland did leave
Sent to battlefields nourished by blood uncouth...
Forsaking forever flowers of fairest youth
Your heart bearing grave spiritís brave
Sent forth simply, our way-of-life to save...
He for whom there were no ticker-tape parades
No greeting hurrahs, or accolades...
No church bells peeling for joy
When on silver birds home came our soldier boy
No roses strewing the way
No hearty cheer hurray
No village lads and lassies gay
No laurel wreaths then, or now
Bestowed upon his loyal brow...
Accept now our belated, deserved cheers...
To silence now those protesting jeers
Haunting from dark of killing night
To dawnís purest light
Riding into the voracious maw of hell
Oh the stories of hell you'll tell
As demons you still fight within
Hearing in memory still that awful din...
My modern day knight
Who fought with courageous force of will and might
Sought by justice to restore the right...
Sent forth to the land of the quick and dead
Held aloft his banner by intrepid prowess led
Governed by hallowed precepts evil men dread
Where in sweltering heat, mind and body bled
Because brave men their very life gives...
Welcome home oh lionhearted warrior
Struggling through tears and fears
Lo these many years
My courageous brother-in-arms
Who boldly went forth into a world of harms...
God bless now your destiny...
Honorable soldier who rode that bestial carnivore
That demon whose ravenous spirit viciously tore
At the very fabric of freedom
Rent to tatters in Vietnam
Before your time grown old and tired
Now dejected...disillusioned...respected...much admired...
Heroes whose valor adorns in victory
Duty crowned with diademís royalty
Echoing in hallowed halls of history...
He who by his good right arm mastered the foe
That peace, planted in hope, might surely grow
Stouthearted men who sacrificed all for me
I, at long last, your honored glory see
Oh valiant soul who helped very freedom be...
Welcome home! Welcome home! Welcome home!
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