I am not a hero

I was watching as the parade passed by
All the soldiers and the tanks
I figured that in some small way
I must go tell them “Thanks”

I worked my way throughout the crowd
To where the parade would end
And hopefully my small  “thanks”
Would get me a new friend

I watched as people finished
I got my words straight in my head
I walked up to a soldier
And this is what he said…

I am not a hero
Just a soldier, nothing more
I’m just doing my duty
As so many have before

I’m a soldier, not a hero
I am just the same as you
I’m just doing my duty
As I know that you would too

I shook his hand and said my “Thanks”
Then I moved away, unnerved
I had to tell him more…
Tell him that I’m glad he served

I turned and at that moment
I saw, a glint, a little sheen
Right above this mans left boot
Where his shin bone should have been

I went back on my mission
I had my words there in my head
He smiled, pulled his pant leg down
And this is what he said…

I am not a hero
Just a soldier, nothing more
I’m just doing my duty
As so many have before

I’m a soldier, not a hero
I am just the same as you
I’m just doing my duty
As I know that you would too

I shook his hand and smiled
Left him standing all alone
With a leg of polished metal
Where once before was bone

To me, he is a hero
And he will be ’till he’s dead
I remember how he cut me off
And I remember what he said….

I am not a hero
Just a soldier, nothing more
I’m just doing my duty
As so many have before

I’m a soldier, not a hero
I am just the same as you
I’m just doing my duty
As I know that you would too

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