I Will Never Know




I will never know what it is like to stand on a sandy beach with my heart in my throat...

Shells exploding overhead...

Sand flying in my face and in my mouth...

Voices shouting orders...some crying out in agony.

I will never know what it is like to run toward an enemy with sights trained on me...

Fear somewhere in the back of my mind...

Survival my only thought.

I will never know what it is like to kill a man...

To raise a rifle...

To pull the trigger...

To watch a stranger turn lifeless before my eyes.

I will never know what it is like to kneel beside a wounded comrade...

To hold their head in my hands and pray for them.

I will never know what it is like to watch the light fade from their eyes...

Or know what it is like to pick up my weapon and leave them behind to continue to fight...

To continue to soldier on...

To continue to try to survive.

I will never know what it is like to be a veteran, but I will always know what it is like to honor them.




~Gia

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