Stars and Stripes

My favorite picture of you,
standing in full dress blues,
pinned with medals of valor and virtue,
tells the story of sacrifice, adventure, and courage.
Twenty-four years of service there in one photo.
Dignity and precision of dedicated service,
seven continents, tours of duty after tours of duty
and hazard pay that kept us all in constant prayer
for the better part of a decade.

Edited 1/24/18

My favorite picture of you,
among the snapshots 
of twenty-four years of service, 
has you standing in full dress blues,
pinned with medals of valor and virtue,
tells the story of sacrifice, adventure, and courage,
holding stars and stripes, seeking and finding old glory. 

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