Those left behind

memorial day

Standing there all alone,

asking myself if I did the right thing

by enlisting in the military.

It seems as if I am in a fog,

unable to detect those all around me.

I don’t remember much of the explosion,

but it all starts to make sense.

These people all around me,

chose to also leave all that they knew,

to serve, protect, and fight for our country.

As a rush of relief washed over me,

 I started to realize that whatever happens

in these next eight years,

whether I come home alive or not,

will forever change me,

and I will cherish this opportunity

to fight and protect the country I love.

Image credit: North Delawhere happening

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