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E-RFD:  The Marine

   Date:  Wed, 5 Sep 2007 19:03:07 EDT 
    From:  Winstonone@aol.com 
        This is a poem sent from a Marine to his Dad. 
        THE MARINE
        We all came together,
        Both young and old
        To fight for our freedom,
        To stand and be bold.
        In the midst of all evil,
        We stand our ground,
        And we protect our country
        From all terror around.
        Peace and not war,
        Is what some people say.
        But I'll give my life,
        So you can live the American way.
        I give you the right
        To talk of your peace.
        To stand in your groups,
        And protest in our streets.
        But still I fight on,
        I don't  complain , I don't whine.
        I'm just one of the people
        Who is doing your time.
        I'm harder than nails,
        Stronger than any machine.
        I'm the immortal soldier,
        I'm a U.S. MARINE!
        So stand in my shoes,
        And leave from your home.
        Fight for the people who hate you,
        With the protests they've shown.
        Fight for the stranger,
        Fight for the young.
        So they all may have,
        The greatest freedom you've won .
        Fight for the sick,
        Fight for the poor
        Fight for the cripple,
        Who lives next door.
        But when your time comes,
        Do what I've done.
        For if you stand up for freedom,
        You'll stand when the fight's done .
        By: Corporal Aaron M. Gilbert, US Marine Corps
        FREEDOM isn't FREE   Someone pays for you and me

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