Sunday, May 29, 2011

Memorial Day, Twenty-Eleven


Arlington
I never thought that this is where I'd settle down,
I thought I'd die an old man back in my hometown,
They gave me this plot of land, me and some other men,
for a job well done.

There's a big white house sits on a hill just up the road,
The man inside he cried the day they brought me home,
They folded up a flag, and told my mom and dad, 'We're proud of your son'.

And I'm proud to be on this peaceful piece of property,
I'm on sacred ground and I'm in the best of company,
I'm thankful for those thankful for the things I've done,
I can rest in peace, I'm one of the chosen ones,
I made it to Arlington.

I remember daddy brought me here when I was eight,
We searched all day to find out where my granddad lay,
And when we finally found that cross,
He said, 'Son this is what it cost, to keep us free'.
Now here I am a thousand stones away from him,
He recognized me on the first day I came in,
And it gave me a chill, when he clicked his heels, and saluted me.

And I'm proud to be on this peaceful piece of property,
I'm on sacred ground and I'm in the best of company,
And I'm thankful for those thankful for the things I've done,
I can rest in peace, I'm one of the chosen ones,
I made it to Arlington.

And every time I hear, twenty-one guns,
I know they brought another hero home, to us.

We're thankful for those thankful for the things we've done,
We can rest in peace, 'cause we were the chosen ones,
We made it to Arlington, yea, dust to dust
Don't cry for us, we made it to Arlington.


Songwriter Dave Turnbull wrote the song with Jeremy Spillman after meeting the father of U.S. Marine Cpl. Patrick Nixon, the first soldier from Tennessee killed during the war in Iraq. Please pause my Playlist on the right sidebar.

8 comments:

Sarge Charlie said...

thank you mom

Donna said...

Thank you for this beautiful tribute. We must never forget their sacrifices.

Coffeypot said...

Awesome video, AM. Thanks, and observe your moment of silence at 3:00 p.m. on the 30th, too.

Mike Golch said...

thank you,for this great posting. It brought tears to my eyes.

AirmanMom said...

sarge...please, it is I who has a heart full of thanks for your service! God Bless you, my friend.

AirmanMom said...

donna..never will they be forgotten!

AirmanMom said...

coffeypot...I thank you for your service and I will be observing a moment of silence tomorrow at 3. Hugs...

AirmanMom said...

mike...I do feel it is a song all Americans should listen to...really listen to on Memorial Day!