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Glenn and Lorraine 04-29-2007 02:44 AM

THE FINAL INSPECTION
 
THE FINAL INSPECTION

The Marine stood and faced God,

Which must always come to pass.

He hoped his shoes were shining,

Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, Marine,

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 world is awfully rough.

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 Marine waited quietly,

For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you Marine,

You've borne your burdens well.

Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,

You've done your time in Hell."

~Author Unknown~



It's the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us the freedom of the press.

It's the Soldier, not the poet,
Who has given us the freedom of speech.

It's the Soldier, not the politicians
That ensures our right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

It's the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag.



If you care to offer the smallest token of recognition and
appreciation for the Military,
Please pass this on and pray for our men and women
Who have served and are currently serving our country
And pray for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.



THESE COLORS DON'T RUN

gkbutler 04-29-2007 04:06 AM

Amen.

boylanag 04-29-2007 05:17 AM

Thanks, Glenn.

skypilot 04-29-2007 06:47 AM

To all our comrades in arms!! Amen!

H. John Kohl 04-29-2007 07:32 AM

Semper Fidelis

Dustytuu 04-30-2007 08:29 AM

Thanks for sharing Glen.
Dusty and Don

ArkieBug 05-01-2007 04:28 PM

Thanks Glenn,I needed that. With your permission I will post this on the Gathering of Eagles site.

LonnieB 05-01-2007 05:01 PM

Glenn,

Many thanks from me too. I sent it on to my half brother, WO1 Kenneth Rice, who is in Afghanistan doing what he does. I can't put into words how much he appreciated it.

Glenn and Lorraine 05-02-2007 03:35 AM

Quote:

quote:Originally posted by ArkieBug

Thanks Glenn,I needed that. With your permission I will post this on the Gathering of Eagles site.
By all means. Go for it. That goes for anyone else out there that would want to send it to a family member such as Lonnie did or to post it on any of the other forums you may visit.
BTW-Although it is worded for the Marines, It applies to all our men and women in uniform.


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