Each day as the sun rises and sets on the boundaries of this great Country, we find its defenders and protectors on guard serving our nation helping to preserve our culture, and our way of life.  Some fight in the battle fields around the world and others right here at home in our very streets.  Some wear the uniform of a soldier and carry the flag of the United States to help protect other nations in our name, others wear the uniform of a Fireman or Law Enforcement Officers, yet others are in khaki pants and tool belts standing in the fields putting themselves between one catastrophic event of nature after another.  No matter what their attire, they are warriors all, for they have chosen to risk there lives to serve a nation in need. 
When, in the course of human events, I, as with all men, shall die,
Let it be Lord, that I may fall among men of honor.  To lie in the company of cowards would be too great a burden for my soul to bear.  For a man without honor, has no value and the world is a better place without him.  So grant it Lord, that on the day I kneel before you, my creator, let it be known to all men that this man was truly a man of honor who was  committed first to the service of his God, secondly the defense of his nation, and to the keeping in safety of his family, this is my prayer and Epitaph delivered to the throne of grace in the name and blood of Jesus Christ.  Amen!
Jim Haynes - Prayer
Their reward, precious little from a monetary stand point, and the risks far out way any gain, yet there they stand, men and women who each and every day earn the respect and gratitude of a nation by simply going to work and doing what the rest of us can not or will not do.  Oh there are detractors who would prefer to lay down and quit rather then fight, there have always have been those.  People who prefer to live under tyranny rather than to stand and fight for the very freedoms guaranteed us in our Constitution with its Bill Of Rights; a document that itself did not come without a fight, without sacrifice.  Yet despite its history, there are those who will still use their rights under these documents to beat down others, telling them to give up their own rights under our constitution.  It seems we have lost sight of our basic responsibilities which are also given to us under the Constitution and Bill of Rights.  Our fore fathers knew that with each article written would came individual responsibility.  Responsibility to defend and protect the rights of their neighbors even if it means giving up some of our own privilege.  They understood the necessity of each community, each town, city, county and state to stand and work together each with an eye to protecting and helping the other.  They did not directly write this down, they did not have to for it was a part of their very nature and therefore inherent in the documents they wrote. 

Little did these men realize that future generations would become so self-serving as to turn this great work against not only their neighbor but even against their nation.  They intended to protect the innocent, and bring justice to those who have been wronged, to allow us the right to protest injustice, to demand responsibility in our leadership and above all to live our lives secure in the knowledge that we are free to pursue our dreams without fear of oppression and unreasonable demands by a tyrannical house of government.  Surely these noble thoughts and words would be recognized and survive, and yet it took years of conflict at places like Bunker Hill, Yorktown, and Pennsylvania struggling with other nations to gain our rightful place in this world, then in 1861, some our own states decided that they should be allowed to pull away and do things their own way without regard to others of the nation, and again the United States was tested in battle at Gettysburg and Shiloh.  Only this time it was a fight with ourselves, brother against brother, community against community we fought and we died and we started again only some wiser this time.  Sadly, it did not end with the Civil War, there were many more challenges to come and each time our young men and women stood to the challenge with devotion to country and courage unmatched in the annals of history, these people defended our nation, our ideals and yes even our politics with their blood, and there was a lot of that.  They fought and died in WW I on the fields and forests of the Arden's, Pearl Harbor, the hedge rows of Normandy, Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Okinawa, Iwo Jima in WW II, the Korean war saw Pork Chop Hill, Chosin Reservoir, in Viet Nam, the Tet Offensive, siege of Khe Sanh, the Mekong Delta and thousands more, half of which we can't even pronounce, our Citizens bled and they died, and today our young men and women are still paying the price in Iraq, Afghanistan, Korea, and where ever else, our troops are called to serve the best interest of the United States of America.  Yes it has been a long fight and those who have stood the test can be proud of their achievements for they never relented even in the face of their own governments unconscionable abuse of power which cost so many lives in the battlefields of Viet Nam, and still they stood.  Oh I know there are some out there like our misrepresentative's from California who think all they have to do is compromise a little here and collaborate a little there with our enemies and those who hate us, but their pathetically naive beliefs will certainly fall miserably in the light of history, and with out the warrior standing there saving their sorry backsides they will come to great loss.  The warriors have always been spurned by some of the privileged and treated with disdain, but I caution all you liberal fat cats to take a good look at what your have, because it is the warriors and the warriors alone that has allowed you to keep it, and while you are at it remember that these warriors are also citizens of this nation, citizens who unlike many of their detractors, are picking up the bill for your blatant arrogance and disrespect which is a right given us under the first amendment of that the Constitution.

Finally to those who have carried, and continue to carry, our banner into the far reaches of this world, you are a noble breed and this nation must always show you the honor and respect you not only deserve, but have righteously earned, for without people, citizens, like you this nation cannot survive today’s world.  So to all of you out there I offer you my most profound thanks, the honor and respect due from a fellow citizen and a nightly prayer that god will protect and preserve you where ever you stand this day.  Very little to offer indeed, but a warrior asks for no more.

{Written By Jim Haynes, Released 2007}

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