Zac Brown Band : Free

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To ALL veterans, thank you for your many sacrifices at home, at sea, in the air and abroad. You go for months sometimes without contact from the people who mean the most to you in order to secure freedom for all people that you have never met. You fight for democracy in countries where you’re hated and unappreciated. You fight in wars you sometimes don’t understand. You lose comrades in battles and you are sometimes sick and wounded. Your family and friends pray every night for your safe return. Thank you.

The Watch

For twenty years,
This sailor has stood the watch

While some of us were in our bunks at night,
This sailor stood the watch

While some of us were in school learning our trade,
This shipmate stood the watch

Yes…even before some of us were born into this world,
This shipmate stood the watch

In those years when the storm clouds of war were seen
brewing on the horizon of history,
This shipmate stood the watch

Many times he would cast an eye ashore and see his family standing there,
Needing his guidance and help,
Needing that hand to hold during those hard times,
But he still stood the watch

He stood the watch for twenty years,
He stood the watch so that we, our families,
And our fellow countrymen could sleep soundly in safety,
Each and every night,
Knowing that a sailor stood the watch

Today we are here to say:
“Shipmate…the watch stands relieved.
Relieved by those YOU have trained, guided, and lead
Shipmate you stand relieved…we have the watch!”

“Boatswain…Standby to pipe the side…Shipmate’s going Ashore!”

–William Whiting, 1860


One thought on “Zac Brown Band : Free

  1. Crystal, this just gave me chills. Any time I see military in a restaurant, Wawa, wherever I am, I try to muster the courage to go up to them, and say thank you. Whoever is with me at the time thinks I’m out of my mind, but it’s important to me. THANK YOU for posting this 🙂

    And thank you Timmy!!! We love you so much!!!

    ~Kelly xoxo

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