Veteran's Day Blog by Nestor Jaremko

Veteran's Day Blog by Nestor Jaremko



There was a time...

It comes to my mind --

When a boy became a man,

By enduring the baptism of fire!


I don't count myself as one,

Although I had a gun,

And wore a uniform,

I never had anybody

Who was determined to kill me!


I can't help but admire

Those who went through the fire,

Who learned what they were made of,

Moving despite their fear,

Risking life so dear,

Because they knew that someone 

Was depending on them!


How often do we remember,

Those who gave it all,

So we could scream loud at each other,

And display contempt for one another,

So we could vote for those who'd lead us,

Tell all the lies that please us --

(After all, we got freedom of speech?)


Someone said it well,

"Freedom isn't free."

Strangers died for you and me,

So we could vote for the one who leads --

But do we remember their heroic deeds --

When we turn and go back to sleep,

We don't bother to cast our vote --

It's got nothing to do with me...



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2 comments (Add your own)

1. Oksana Godwin (Stoyko) wrote:
Hello Nestor, I loved your poem and appreciate the honesty in it. I'm not sure you're the same person I knew back in the '70's"....however, my husband was one of those boys turned into a man because of that war. I met him after he returned and his PTSD was horrible. He was a quiet man who never spoke of his time in Vietnam. I saw the pain nevertheless. He passed 10/31/12. He was 64 and I believe he just couldn't take anymore. If you google my name you'll see a poem I wrote for him which was posted on a Vietnam war site. I hope your well and that life has been kind.

Wed, February 22, 2017 @ 7:07 PM

2. Oksana Godwin (Stoyko) wrote:
Veterans Day and especially Memorial Day were most difficult for him. He's buried at Rivrside National Cemetery. I'm so proud of him. And thank you for serving Nestor. 🇱🇷

Wed, February 22, 2017 @ 7:11 PM

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