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Wall of Praise

Posted November 11, 2009

We're building a wall today - a Wall of Praise. Please write something on this blog honoring America's veterans. Let's really show how much we appreciate the sacrifices, courage, commitment, skills, dedication and stamina of the men and women who have served our country.

I will start by posting the lyrics to a song I wrote to honor my Carolina kin who fought at Kings Mountain in a battle that proved to be the turning point of the Revolutionary War in the South. The spirit of 1780 lives on today in the lives of America's military members.

America is Calling You
(Bill Leslie)

Over the mountains covered in snow,
They marched to Quaker Meadows,
To prepare to fight the foe,
Under an oak tree they gathered,
To craft a battle plan,
To win their long sought freedom,
To save their blessed land.

     America is calling you,
     To lay it on the line,
     To stand tall for liberty,
     To let your courage shine,
     America is calling you,
     To honor freedom's name,
     Stars and stripes forever,
     Life will never be the same.

On to Kings Mountain in the dark and dismal rain,
Tired sore and hungry,
They tried not to complain,
For a greater cause was waiting,
Colonel Charles McDowell had made it clear,
If you want your blessed freedom,
You must win the battle here.

     America is calling you,
     To lay it on the line,
     To stand tall for liberty,
     To let your courage shine,
     America is calling you,
     To honor freedom's name,
     Stars and stripes forever,
     Life will never be the same



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  • gigimama Nov 11, 2009

    To my dad who served in Korea and to whom, even to this day, gets teary eyed at the sound of the Pledge of Allegiance or the National Anthem, I say thank you. I love you Daddy, and am proud of you.

  • this is my Screen Name Nov 11, 2009

    I should correct my post. Dad doesn't need forgiveness for repeating his stories. I'm just glad he's here to tell them, no matter what other details get included!

  • donnaferguson Nov 11, 2009

    Our only child, a daughter is awaiting her 2nd deployment in 3 yrs. This one is to Afghanistan. I am full of pride that she has chosen the career path of the Army. As a Mother, I worry. She is leaving behind two little girls ages 2 and 3. The children will be separated during the 12 month deployment. It is so hard for those serving to be separated from their loved ones. I just ask for prayers for all of the young men and women serving in the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • anitathebaptist Nov 11, 2009

    When I listen to stories from my Dad's buddies - I see a man who gently lifted the spirits of the other men by simple encouragement and leading in singing and prayer . He served in north Africa and crossed over to Italy , where at the war's end , he stayed w/ an Italian family - that our family met years later while Dad was stationed in Germany. Dad served his country proudly and I am ever so proud of him !

  • this is my Screen Name Nov 11, 2009

    Thank you, Daddy, for joining to serve in WWII. I love hearing your stories. I forgive you and understand if they get a little more elaborate in detail and change from time to time. Fact is, you were there, you did what you felt God and your country wanted you to do. I am so very proud of you and the pride you have in your country.

  • Wheelman Nov 11, 2009

    Most veterans would probably agree with me that we don't think of our time served in terms of our contribution, but in terms of what our country and the time served has given to us and our loved ones. Most of us performed our service and then just went back to being civilians. Not expecting praise or parades, just respect for the commitment that everyone in the armed services makes when they step forward to serve. It saddens me to see and hear the negative attitudes expressed by so many towards the military. Sure some make mistakes that dishonor them and the country. So do a lot of others including many politicians. Just remember when you hear the negative comments, most of them never stepped forward and offered their life to defend and protect. The US has never conquered and occupied. Only conquered and liberated. If you really want vets to know you care, then show respect for the service rendered and the coutry's military everyday and step-up when others want to put them down.

  • lkmayton Nov 11, 2009

    To my best friend, Paul Boyer, who served active duty Army for three years and then in the Army and Navy reserves. He died Oct. 22, 2009 in the line of duty as a Ft. Bragg paramedic. Thank you so much for your years of service and for the years you were in my life. You will always be my hero.

  • mamananagramps Nov 11, 2009

    To my husband, a Military Career Vet. Thank you for all that you endured.God Bless America.

  • teddybear999 Nov 11, 2009

    To my brother, a Navy Chief, who volunteered to go to Iraq. Once there, he volunteered to stay longer in support of the efforts. I admire him, but wish he was home in NC. Thank you for all you and your fellow service members do to protect all of us and our freedoms.

  • happy Nov 11, 2009

    For my dad, who trained countless Navy pilots on their instrumentation and then went to Guam to fly missions...thank you!

    For my best friends husband, who is currently in Iraq, missing his wife and baby daughter. His grandfather is extremely sick and having surgery today. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Thank you for keeping us safe!




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