An Ode to an American Soldier
By Alyssa Newman

 Fighting for our freedom
Fighting for our pride
Fighting and fighting
For us
Fighting to save America.
You get up every morning
 Knowing that you're risking your own lives
 To save ours
Knowing that every letter you write
Could be your last
Knowing that every word you say
Could be your last
Knowing that every breath you take
Could be your last.
You fight in
Pakistan
Afghanistan
Iran
And Iraq
You prepare in boot camp
And Army bases.
You fight in the Navy
And Army
And Marines
And Air Force.
Fighting in sea, land, and air.
You wear camouflage outfits to blend
Outfits of green
Brown
And grey.
You carry guns to shoot the enemy
M-240 machine guns
M-249 SAW
M40A1 sniper rifles
Handguns
Shotguns
Grenades
You walk in hero’s shoes
Big black boots.
You have families
Parents
Grandparents
Spouses
Children
And friends.
You are willing to leave your homes
From small towns
And big cities
Populations of 8 million
To populations of 200.
To fight for what America stands for.
You represent everything America is
Love for the country
Freedom
Bravery
Loyalty
Pride.
So thank you.