First Sergeant Gerald J. Schleining Jr.
Rise up O' men of Valor,
A Nation in debt to thee
For the freedom of this Republic,
You fought and died for me.
Rise up O' men of Honor,
The fields of battle did you go
From Lexington and Concord,
To the Bulge and all its snow.
Gettysburg to Normandy
Vietnam and Somalia
You gave it all for me.
So Rise up O' men of Courage,
For without you we do not share
The freedom of this nation,
Is ours because you were there.
Freedoms blood soaked on foreign lands
A soldier's cry with outstretched hands
Do not forget the price they paid,
They gave it all for Freedoms sake.
Rise up O' men of Valor
Your Honor and Courage reign.
For the price of Freedom you understood
But paid it just the same.
Memorial Day 2000
© Gerald J. Schleining