|The Sentinel at the Gates|
The Sentinel At the GatesAlumni et Patriae Asto © John Puzzo 2002
Without them Standing Sentinel,
not one American would be free.
I know they're all still out there,
From the Continental Army
When the 1st American casualty fell,
They wear tri corner hats,
wide-brimmed Western cowboy hats,
But no matter what they wear,
They belong to us.
It is from us they came
Through distant mists of time and place.
They’ve come and gone to stand and wait
Important things these are,
But to stand with men of honor,
Is a better thing by far.
For without such men of honor,
ready to give their most,
what father, son, or brother,
would be left with any hope,
That there would be tomorrow
Lest men as these we find,
Yes there they all are waiting,
From every war and conflict,
At peace, eternal wait they now,
On holy, hallowed ground.
Instead we must dedicate
our every waking moment
…To the Sentinels at the gate,
For there they all stand waiting,
watching how well we do.
Will we let slip away,
That which they loved so well?
Their full measured honored duty,
Will we so cheaply sell?
Yes there they all stand waiting,
All together now,
They know some soldier stands at ready.
He will show them how.
You have done what was your duty.
those others over there.
“So take your place beside us,
And wait not long, you Sentinel.
In time you too will see
others coming to these gates,
[Written for the Memorial Day Project,
John J. Puzzo
K Company (Ranger)
75th Infantry (Airborne)
United States Army 1968 - 1971
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“I am only one, but I am one. I can't do everything, but I can do something. The something I ought to do, I can do, and by the grace of God, I will.” ~Everett Hale
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