There is no "good war"--but sometimes war is necessary. I am grateful to the brave and responsible men and women who risk their lives for our freedom. Also see Veterans Day, Navy, Air Force, Army, Marines, Coast Guard, Military Connections, Patriotism, Fourth of July, Military Humor, and Peace.
- All American Hero
- American Hero
- Blessed are the Peacemakers
- Bound by Honor
- Coming Home Soldier
- A Force to Be Reckoned With
- Freedom for All
- Grant Us Peace
- The Greatest American Hero
- Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow
- Hurry Up...and Wait
- I volunteered for THIS?!?!
- Keeping America Safe
- Kiss the Boys Goodbye
- Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way
- Lest We Forget
- Made in the USA
- Making America Proud
- Men of Honor
- My American Hero
- My Hero
- No Pain, No Gain
- An Officer and a Gentleman
- The Patriot
- Peace in Our Time
- Peace is Our Only Product
- Reporting for Duty
- Quarters, Sweet Quarters
- Serving His Country
- Soldier Boy
- Such is the Life of a Military Wife
- Their Finest Hour
- Uncle Sam Wants YOU!
- Unsung Hero
- We Let Dad Go Away to Help the USA!
- We Salute You
- What You Call Being a Hero,
I Call Just Doing My Job.
- You've Earned Your Stripes
- At a conference the Archbishop of Canterbury asked Colin Powell if our plans for Iraq were just an example of empire building by George Bush. Powell responded "Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return."
- Americans, indeed all freemen, remember that in the final choice, a soldier's pack is not so heavy a burden as a prisoner's chains.
- Better to die on one's feet than to live on one's knees. (Dwight D. Eisenhower)
- Freedom has a price, and it is high. Sometimes a man must give all he can, sometimes a man must die. (Doug Stewart)
- I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. (John Adams)
- If a country is worth living in, it's worth fighting for. (Manning Coles)
- It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it. (Douglas MacArthur)
- In war, there are no unwounded soldiers. (Jose Narosky)
- JFK'S Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 60's when de Gaulle decided to pull out of NATO. de Gaulle said he wanted all US military out of France as soon as possible.
Rusk responded "Does that include those who are buried here?"
DeGaule did not respond.
- Only the winners decide what were war crimes. (Gary Wills)
- Rich Jeni on going to war over religion: You're basically killing each other to see who's got the better imaginary friend.
- That noise you hear is the sound of freedom
- There is only one principle of war and that's this. Hit the other fellow, as quickly as you can, as hard as you can, where it hurts him most, when he ain't lookin'. (Sir William Slim)
- This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. (Elmer Davis)
- To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace. (George Washington)
- War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. (John Stewart Mill)
- When the rich make war it's the poor that die. (Jean-Paul Sartre)
Armed Forced Day (Third Saturday in May)
Memorial Day (May 30)
D-Day (June 6)
Flag Day (Jun 14)
Independence Day (Jul 4)
Navy Day (October 27th)
Veterans Day (Nov 11)
Pearl Harbor Day (Dec 7)
- Color copy ribbons, medals, stripes, etc. Use them for borders or in place of stickers and die-cuts. Try placing them on paper that is the same color as the uniform and matting some of the pictures with the same color paper.
- Copy some headlines off CNN to show what was going on in the world at the time.
Songs about Memorial Day
- Decoration Day - John Lee Hooker (1966)
- Memorial Day - Chris Peters (2007)
- Memorial Day 1959 - Artie Traum (2002)
- Memorial Day Miracle - Black Lipstick (2003)
- Memorial Day Parade - Ian McGlynn (2008)
- On Memorial Day - Lex and the Hood (2002)
Oath of Enlistment
I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.
These words are used by the military and others when they have to spell out a word to make it clear in a radio transmission. Usually this is used when words or letters have a similar sound.
Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echo, Foxtrot, Golf, Hotel, India, Juliet, Kilo, Lima, Mike, November, Oscar, Papa, Quebec, Romeo, Sierra, Tango, Uniform, Victor, Whiskey, X-ray, Yankee, Zulu
See Better Late Than Never, Since the Fall and other meaningful poems by Del 'Abe' Jones.
(Sir Walter Scott)
Soldier, rest! Thy warfare o'er,
Sleep the sleep that knows not breaking,
Dream of battled fields no more.
Days of danger, nights of waking.
If only all the winds, could wait,
And the songs remain unsung,
The laughter stop
The crying cease
The loving remain still until
I come home.
If the children would stop growing,
And I stop aging;
The birds nest.
The fish sleep on the bottom of the streams
The clouds withhold their rain until
I come home.
If all the world was silent
Except this small corner where we war
Then when we come home, awaken
So that we had not missed a heartbeat
Of our real lives.
Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, from the hills, from the sky;
All is well, safely rest, God is nigh.
Fading light, dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright.
From afar, drawing nigh, falls the night.
Thanks and praise, for our days,
'Neath the sun, 'neath the stars, neath the sky;
As we go, this we know, God is nigh.
Sun has set, shadows come,
Time has fled, scouts must go to their beds
Always true to the promise that they made.
While the light fades from sight,
And the stars gleaming rays softly send,
To Thy hands we our souls, Lord, commend.
Songs about Soldiers
- American Soldier - Toby Keith (2004)
- Another Soldier Down - The Whites (1988)
- Blue Soldier - Donnie Brooks (1968)
- Boy in Khaki, A Girl in Lace, A - Kate Smith (1942)
- Coming Home Soldier - Bobby Vinton (1966)
- Cowboy in Khaki - Dick Thomas (1944)
- Dear Soldier Boy - Gale B. Gardiner (2008)
- Goodnight, Soldier - Judy Coder (2002)
- I Didn't Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier - Fred Hellerman (2005)
- It Makes a Fellow Proud to Be a Soldier - Tom Lehrer (1959)
- Little Tin Soldier - Raymond Scott Orchestra (1963)
- Lonely Soldier - William Bell (1970)
- Mary Danced With Soldiers - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (1989)
- One Tin Soldier - The Original Caste (1969)
- Plastic Soldier - Cecil Null (1971)
- Search for a Soldier's Grave - The Bailes Brothers (1945)
- She's a Soldier Boy - The New Generation (1968)
- Soldier and His Sweetheart, The - The Carter Sisters (1939)
- Soldier and the Lady, The - Fred and Ray Cantwell (1961)
- Soldier Boy - The Shirelles (1962)
- Soldier Has Come Home, The - SSgt Barry Sadler (1966)
- Soldier in the Rain - England Dan and John Ford Coley (1977)
- Soldier, Won't You Marry Me - Della Reese (1959)
- Soldier's Goodbye - William Bell (1966)
- Soldier's Joy - Hawkshaw Hawkins (1959)
- Soldier's Last Letter - Ernest Tubb (1944)
- Soldier's Prayer in Vietnam - Benny Martin (1966)
- Soldier's Return - Curly Fox (1948)
- Soldier's Sweetheart, The - Tranquility Bass (2007)
- Soldier's Wife, A - Roxie Dean (2005)
- Soldiers Who Want to Be Heroes - Rod McKuen (1971)
- Tin Soldier - Small Faces (1967)
- Travelin' Soldier - The Dixie Chicks (2002)
- Tribute to the American Soldier - The Boys From Indiana (1983)
- Universal Soldier - The Highwaymen (1964)
- Unknown Soldier, The - The Doors (1968)
- When a Soldier Knocks and Finds Nobody Home - Moon Mullican (1946)
- When a Soldier Makes it Home - Arlo Guthrie (1996)
- Wooden Soldier - Hank Locklin (1963)
- Your Life (Fallen Soldiers) - The Neville Brothers (2004)
Songs about War
- About Horses and Wars - Red Steagall (1978)
- All is Fair in Love and War - Ronnie Milsap (1991)
- Battle Lines - John Wetton (1995)
- Battle of Bull Run - Johnny Horton (1960)
- Battle of New Orleans - Johnny Horton (1959)
- Battle Rages on, The - Deep Purple (1993)
- Billy Yank and Johnny Reb - Jimmie Driftwood (1961)
- Christmas in the Trenches - John McCutcheon (1984)
- Cold War - Henry Paul Band (1982)
- Eleven Miles From Leavenworth - Texas Jim Lewis (1944) (about Woman's Air Corps)
- Fifty Thousand Names - George Jones (2001)
- Freedom isn't Free - Ricochet (2001)
- Friendly Fire - Sean Lennon (2006)
- Goodbye High School, Hello Vietnam - Tommy Dee (1966)
- Guns of Navarone, The - Joe Reisman Orchestra (1961)
- He Wears a Pair of Silver Wings - Kay Kyser Band (1942)
- Hello, Vietnam - Johnnie Wright (1965)
- I Don't Wanna Go to Vietnam - John Lee Hooker (1969)
- I Just Came Back from a War - Darryl Worley ( 2006)
- I Won't Be Home This Christmas - SSgt Barry Sadler (1966)
- I'm a Prisoner of War - Johnny Bond (1942)
- It's for God, and Country, and You Mom - Ernest Tubb (1966)
- Johnny Reb - Johnny Horton (1959)
- Korean Mud - Elton Britt (1953)
- Legend of the Alamo - Bert Berns (1960)
- Legend of the Rebel Soldier - The Clinch Mountain Boys (1992)
- Legion of the Lost - Safaris (1961)
- Letter From a Trench in Korea - Bobby 'Blue' Bland (1952)
- Letter From Vietnam - SSgt Barry Sadler (1966)
- Letters From War - Mark Schultz (2003)
- Lights Out Til Reveille - Kay Kyser Band (1941)
- Living with War - Neil Young (2006)
- M.I.A./P.O.W. - Pat Boone (1971)
- Make Love, Not War - Davie Allan and the Arrows (1995)
- Marching Off to War - William Bell (1966)
- Medal of Honor - Bernie Nee (1958)
- Men of War - Ian Gillan (2006)
- Missing in Action - Ernest Tubb (1952)
- More Than a Name on the Wall - The Statler Brothers (1989)
- One Day Nearer Home - SSgt Barry Sadler (1966)
- POW 369 - Doug Stone (2002)
- Prisoner of War - David Wilcox (2005)
- Purple Heart, The - Janet Bean (2003)
- Re-Enlistment Papers - Razzy Bailey (1967)
- Remember the Alamo - George Strait (1998)
- Salute to the Nurses - SSgt Barry Sadler (1966)
- Say a Prayer for Our Boys in Korea - Joe Cook (1951)
- Say a Prayer for Our Troops Over There - Joe Cook (2003)
- Shellshock - Sad Café (1978)
- Some Gave All - Billy Ray Cyrus (1993)
- Stars and Stripes Forever - The United States Marine Band (1999)
- Stars and Stripes on Iwo Jima - The Texas Playboys (1945)
- Thank God for Victory in Korea - Jimmie Osborne (1950)
- Thank You, Vets - Paulette Carlson (2005)
- That's the Way the War Began - The Wayfarers Trio (1961)
- There's a Wall in Washington - Delbert McClinton and Iris DeMent (1999)
- They're All Going Home But One - Porter Wagoner (1966)
- Touch a Name on the Wall - Joel Mabus (2007)
- Under the Gun - Deep Purple (1984)
- Veteran's Day - Darden Smith (1986)
- Vietnam Blues - Dave Dudley (1966)
- War - Bruce Springsteen (1987)
- War Cry - The Ramrods (1962)
- War Games - Joe Butler (1969)
- War in Peace - Skip Spence (1969)
- War is Over, The - Phil Ochs (1968)
- War is Hell on the Home Front, Too - T.G. Sheppard (1982)
- What if They Gave a War and Nobody Came? - Pat Boone (1967)
- What We're Fighting For - Dave Dudley (1965)
- When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again - Boy Howdy (1991)
- When This War is Over - Texas Jim Robertson (1942)
- White Cross in Okinawa - The Texas Playboys (1946)
- Who's Gonna Win This War? - Hawkwind (1980)
- Always Ready (Coast Guard motto)
- Don't Mistake My Kindness for Weakness
- Have Seabag....Will Travel
- Never Have So Few Done So Much With So Little
- Semper Paratus (Coast Guard motto - means "always ready")
- Underway is the Only Way
- Also see US Coast Guard Auxiliary.
- The Coast Guard has long been known as the armed service that gets more done for less. (Howard Coble)
- A few armed vessels, judiciously stationed at the entrances of our ports, might at a small expense be made useful sentinels of the laws. (Alexander Hamilton, his suggestion became the Coast Guard)
- I want to make sure that the Coast Guard people in Vietnam know that I am hearing about them often and that I am pleased with what I hear. (General Wallace Greene, Jr., USMC)
- The U.S. Coast Guard is a shining example of how well a Federal agency can perform with its flexibility, speed, and expertise. (Representative Russ Carnahan, Democrat from MO)
- The story of the Coast Guard at war is replete with incidents which, in combat or otherwise, demonstrated consummate skill, great devotion to duty, and heroism worthy of special mention in any wartime history of the Service. (Malcolm F. Willoughby, USCGG)
Coast Guard Hymn
Eternal Father, Lord of Hosts
Watch o'er the ones who guard our coasts
Protect them from the raging seas
And give them light and life and peace.
Grant them from thy great throne above
The shield and shelter of thy love.
Lord, guard and guide the ones who fly
Through the great spaces in the sky
Be with them always in the air,
In darken storms or sunlight fair,
Oh, hear us when we lift our prayer,
For those in peril in the air!
Grant to them Your eternal peace, Oh Lord,
For they have followed your commandment,
That No Greater Love has he,
who would give up his life for another.
Coast Guard March
From North and South and East and West,
The Coast Guard's in the fight.
Destroying subs and landing troops,
The Axis feels our might.
For we're the first invaders,
On every fighting field.
Afloat, ashore, on men and Spars,
You'll find the Coast Guard shield.
We're always ready for the call,
We place our trust in Thee.
Through howling gale and shot and shell,
To win our victory.
"Semper Paratus" is our guide,
Our pledge, our motto, too.
We're "Always Ready," do or die!
Aye! Coast Guard, we fight for you.
The U.S. Coast Guard Prayer
Almighty and Everlasting God, Whose hand stills the tumult of the deep, we offer our prayers for those who serve in our Coast Guard. We are mindful of their traditions of selfless service to the seafarers who make their ways to appointed ports.
Employ their devotions of good ends as they track the weather and search for the seas for those in extremity of storm, shipwreck or battle. Make their soundings and markings sure that safe passages may be found by those who go down to the sea in ships.
Encourage them, O Lord, as they stand guard over our coasts and the bulwarks of our freedoms. Graciously deliver them from threatening calamities in all their perilous voyages.
Bless the keepers of the lights and be Thou their close friend in lonely watches. Keep the beacons of honor and duty burning that they may reach the home port with duty well performed, in service to Thee and our land. Amen!