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   The following poetry has been submitted by Freda H. Babinski. 
 
 

                         " The Price They Will Pay "

                          No more of the sand 
                          the heat and the wind
                          Our Soldiers are home 
                          Desert Storm's at an end
                          They're homecomings were 
                          so special to see
                          This time it is different 
                          the way it should be
                          Airports were filled 
                          with so many there
                          To show all our soldiers 
                          just how much we care
                          So yes it's all over 
                          for us left behind
                          But it's never over 
                          in that soldier's mind
                          The death and destruction 
                          each one had to view
                          It's sad all the damage 
                          and pain they go through
                          I cannot imagine 
                          how each one must feel
                          Just having to go 
                          through such an ordeal
                          Disruption of life 
                          and loneliness too
                          Still doing the job 
                          they're sent there to do
                          A smile on their face 
                          is what you will see
                          Courageous are them 
                          with this memory
                         The mind can't forget 
                          what hearts must endure
                          For things such as this 
                          there isn't a cure
                          It's harder for some 
                          they served in "Nam" too
                          How much can they take 
                          in war number two
                          So brave is the soldier 
                          that's hurting inside
                          Emotions run deep 
                          because of their pride
                          I'm sure there is someone 
                          you knew over there
                          Remember them always 
                          in your special prayer
                          They still fight a war 
                          that we'll never see
                          These soldiers stand taller 
                          for you and for me
                          Please pray that we keep 
                          the peace every day
                          So soldiers don't suffer 
                          "The Price They Will Pay"

                          © By: Freda H. Babinski 12-20-91
 

                         " The Veteran "

                          Today I was reminded of 
                          what time could not erase
                          As I walked through the halls I felt 
                          a sadness in this place 
                          A building filled with history 
                          our books will never see
                          Their stories are the pages locked 
                          inside their memory
                          It's one of many you will find 
                          that's scattered everywhere
                          These people come here hoping to 
                          receive the proper care
                          I saw a few in wheelchairs and 
                          so many used a cane
                          Some walked just fine but in their eyes
                          was where I saw the pain
                          These Heroes have been marked for life 
                          all here surrounding me
                          They've shed their blood while other's died
                          to keep this country free
                          I still remember stories of 
                          a war my dad went through
                          Each one was told with Army Pride 
                          he called it "World War II"
                          And later "The Korean War" 
                          forced troops to say good-bye
                          Because Korea's North and South 
                          could not see eye to eye
                          Then "Viet Nam" decided to 
                          raise up it's ugly head
                          Like all the wars, the damage left 
                          so many people dead
                          When troops came home they had to face
                          another kind of war
                          A "War of Words" that added wounds 
                          as if they needed more
                          The latest war was televised 
                          for all the world to see
                          Called "Operation Desert Storm" 
                          performed so perfectly
                          This war had ended quickly but 
                          our troops cannot forget
                          They're constantly reminded that 
                          the "Storm's" not over yet
                          These wars do not discriminate 
                          religion, sex or race
                          The bombs, grenades and poison gas 
                          take lives we can't replace
                          And weapons don't have boundaries 
                          they claim what's in their way
                          What will it take to stop these wars 
                          right here, right now, today
                          Our troops are thought so highly of 
                          when they are called to war
                          But when it's over they are not 
                          remembered anymore
                          And what about the one's still lost 
                          are they forgotten too?
                          Is anyone still searching for 
                          the one's who fought for you
                          These men and women suffer more 
                          than you will ever know
                          When war is over they still fight 
                          a war that doesn't show
                          Each one deserves the very best 
                          for what they have been through
                          Your proof is V. A. Hospitals 
                          I'm sure there's one near you
                          We all want Peace and Harmony 
                          but something's always wrong
                          These buildings might become extinct 
                          if we could get along
                          My husband fought the last two wars 
                          which stole the heart he had
                          He wears that look of war abuse 
                          just like my precious dad
                          I don't have all the answers but 
                          I know one thing for sure
                          The anger has to leave before 
                          a healing can occur
                          America is free because 
                          of Veterans today
                          And more of them still yet to come 
                          will also have to pay
                          So when you exercise your rights 
                          remember Why you can
                          You see, I can't forget because 
                          I am "The Veteran" 

                          © By: Freda H. Babinski 9-2-97

I dedicate this to every Veteran, past, present and future. "God Bless You"