I am an American
I received orders the other day
I am being shipped overseas
And I would like to ask you to pray
You see our country came under attack
One day in the September sky
And so often I hear people asking
The fateful question of one word...WHY?
We need the Lords intervention
When we all are off to fight in this war
Because there are others who do not understand
Just what we are fighting for
We never try to hurt any body
But we are a nation that has it's own way.
And some people just didn't like us.
So they attacked us that fateful day
They thought that it would truly break us
That we would just fall apart inside.
But our people they came together
And we shined with a new kind of pride
Our ancestors founded this country
They wanted us to be able to live free
They fought in each war that came along
Just to help to keep us all free
For we are a nation of freedom
And we will protect it at whatever the cost
Many men and woman will do battle
Some will survive and some will be lost
I am just one of the soldiers
But I will try to do my very best
To serve with duty and honor for my country
When I am truly put to the test
Cause I have a brand new daughter
And I have a son who has just turned three
And I would like to pass on the freedom.
That my dad and grandpa had given to me.
They used to tell me some stories
Of when they had fought in those other wars
It seems that there were other countries
Trying to knock down our country's doors
So you see this is not the first time
And I am sure it will not be the last
But I am going to help protect her
Just like my son told his Sunday school class
He said daddy is fighting for freedom
He is going off in the war
And I hope God will protect him
Cause I want to be able to see him once more
And then he said something so special
It brought it all home to me
Dear God can you tell other nations
Just let America stay the land of the free
Cause I like the country I live in
And I would hate to have to move out
Daddy said he is fighting for our freedom
And isn't that what it is all about?
I bowed my head and said thank you
Lord, I guess he has grown up too fast
But I shall do my best to protect him
Just like the ancestors did in the past
So when you finish reading please pray
Just ask God to watch over all the soldiers and me
Cause we are going to do our very best
To keep America, the land of the free.
July 5, 2003
wife of a USS COLE survivor