Welcome Home, Brother

101st_splash
Dick Moran

D-2/327
(Jan ’69 – May ’69)

For those who fought and still remain in a country far
away, Whose memory is forever etched on walls of
granite cold and black,
we say,
Welcome Home!

For those who endured,
Who suffered wounds visible and unseen,
Whose return was not of hero’s stuff,
But scorn, of hate, of ridicule and of laugher cruel,
We say,
Welcome Home!

For those whose nights are filled with visions dark and ill still,
of battles fought, of comrades lost,
of pain unending and solace fleeting,
We say,
Welcome Home!

For generations yet unborn,
Who again will answer the call,
To fight and die in distant lands,
For causes just or ill,
We say,
Welcome Home!