Lauren Pandy

Rookie (04/08/1986 / Syracuse, New York)

Veteran's Day Tribute - Poem by Lauren Pandy

Freedom rings while flags fly high
Hand over heart, she fights the urge to cry
Flashes of light and explosions jolt through her head
She still sees their faces, their eyes painted with dread
Sleepless nights are followed by confusing days
She recounts the traumas in her own silent ways
In saving another's life, she lost part of her own
Left leg made of titanium, right leg still of bone
She fought for Freedom and a better tomorrow
No pain, no gain. But some guilt and some sorrow
Losing her leg has made her tougher and stronger
Now, more than ever, she stands taller and prouder
Her family, those in arms, and our Freedom in their hands
All take a moment to remember those who gave,
And still give, their all to protect this great land

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Poem Edited: Thursday, June 20, 2013

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