Purple Heart

Artist / Writer: Larry Aarons

My grandfather fought bravely in WWI. 

My father was part of the greatest generation in WWII.

And I have given my all to follow in their footsteps by serving my country proudly, in too many places to mention.

There are no words that will replace my lost hand except these. Strength, Honor, Duty.

Those words are the very being of my soul, and these; the rocks by which I stand for: My God, and My Country.

What does it mean to give your all in the face of danger, and to sustain those effects and changes that war brings?

It means I have served.

I take my place in a long line of over 1.3 million other warriors who over this past century have given so much in the name of our country. 

I’ve walked along the gravel paths of our nation’s cemeteries both here and abroad. In these quiet moments that embrace my soul, I pause to remember my fellow soldiers who have fallen.

Tears well up in me as I savor the victories that they have given us to protect the freedom that we cherish. These warriors are my heroes, whose markers do not bear the scars of what they went through in their final moments.

They are my proud countrymen and I am honored to raise my new hand to salute all those who have come before, and the many who will come after me.

We are all warrior brothers and sisters. May God give me the mental and physical strength to carry on in the name of all those brave soldiers who gave so much.

Here is my pledge;

“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.”

The Purple Heart is the United States military medal awarded in the name of the President to those wounded or killed while serving.