A simple thank you is all it takes,
to bring a smile to a veteran's


They have been to hell for me and

some are still there, what can we


A shake of their hand is a very small

as you say, 'Thank you so much for your


Give them your heart for just a moment or

as they step back and take a good look at


As their surprise fades away and they start

speak, you may feel your knees go a little weak.

'I was on the Astoria when she went

five hours in water with sharks all around.'

'I was on a ship used as a

while our battleship fired o're us at the

 Korean's hill.'

'In Vietnam death was

when new guys arrived, I tried not to


The worst was friends killed, an arm's length

there was nothing I could do, it was their last


'Desert Storm was the war we fought on

The Star Spangled Banner gained new meaning

 for me.


The desert, dehydration, the tension, and

the Iraqis thought we'd be easy to


The world woke up to our military

when we showed them all, we knew how to


One nation, under God, indivisible we

for liberty and justice throughout any


So when you have the chance to show you

shake a hand and say thank you for going over


by: Marci Crawford