From Loadup to StandDown


Lock and load came the cry

and into the night we did fly


The tracers lit up the night

as we approached the firefight


The bodies were scattered all around

as the morning light touched the ground


The screams of pain still fill my ears

even tho its been twenty years


The tents they stood just as before

but this time there was no war


All the people that were there

opened their hearts and show they cared


They all vowed to help

without a gun or ammo belt


Instead of weapons made for war

they gave us tools to open doors


The tools they gave could save our lives

should we choose to use them wise


They called it a StandDown the

likes of which I never knew


May god bless each and everyone of you


Signed: Tom Pratt Octí 93