US Army Major J. Billington wrote a song that honors the sacrifices of the Vietnam veterans. The song is called, “The Eagle Cried,” and is dedicated to those who did not receive the hero’s welcome they all deserved during their homecoming back from the fight.
The acrid smell of cordite
Still hovered in the air.
No breeze to wash away
The scent of Satan’s hair.
The Medivac’s are fading now,
Their cabins filled with dead.
So many grisly pictures
Are surging through my head
The words show a deep connection to the people of our country, and the song shows how devoted our servicemen and women are to keeping each and every one of their fellow American citizens safe at home. We just can’t imagine what it must have felt like to be a Vietnam veteran returning home after a 12-month tour of duty. To have sacrificed so much for the love of country, only to be reviled, hated and spit upon.
Another hill’s been taken
The earth all charred and black
We all know what’s coming;
Tomorrow…”Give it back!”
The Eagle cries from barren trees
His tears, he cannot hide.
Where once a proud, young soldier stood
My Warrior Brother, died.
This Memorial Day, we remember our troops who have all sacrificed their lives for the freedom of our country and we will always be reminded to give them a constant stream of gratitude for everything they have done for our country, both in the past, the present, and the future.
Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. This 2018, Memorial Day occurs on Monday, May 28. Originally known as Decoration Day, it began in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.
Once again, thank you, troops, for all you’ve done and have given our country!